“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8
The most important thing about facing the struggles of life is to keep our focus on Christ. Considering the perplexing problems of the present it is easy for us to lose hope. That’s why it is crucial that we “Consider Him”. Being reminded of what He has done, what He is doing, and what He promised to do changes our perspective on everything. The late Adrian Rogers illustrated it well with this story:
A boy was reading a murder mystery one day, and he became anxious about whether the heroine was going to live. To alleviate his anxiety, he read the last chapter and discovered that she survived!
Afterwards, when he read that the villain was planning a dastardly deed, he chuckled to himself and thought, “If you knew what I know, you wouldn’t be so haughty.”
Christians know the last chapter, and that helps us cope with the present. Indeed, the glories of the future can help dilute the sorrows of the present. The devil’s doom is pronounced in Genesis—and it’s executed in Revelation.
Mark it down, nothing that happens today, or any day between now and the day of our Lord’s return, will change the glorious ending that awaits God’s children. All will end well. I know because I’ve read the last chapter!