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The End Is Near (Maybe)

Don’t worry, I’m not going to be making any predictions about Jesus’ return or anything related to that. Although I do feel like it will be on a Tuesday. Kidding, of course.

What I really have on my heart is related to what I shared earlier in the week regarding gratitude. I’ve come to realize that I can get fixated on the end of things. Again, not the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine) but rather the end of issues and situations.

You probably have difficult or trying situations that have brought stress into your life. You may have areas of your heart prone to temptation and sin. You may also have promises of God that are yet to be fulfilled.

Alarm ClockI do too. It leads me to the question of “how long?” The book of Psalms is full of this same sentiment.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away;
Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.
And my soul is greatly dismayed;
But You, O Lord—how long? –Psalm 6:2-3


How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me? –Psalm 13:1-2

How long will God be silent? How long will the wicked prosper? How long will my enemies triumph over me? How long will I have to wait?

I fixate on the end and can’t wait to get there all the while being disappointed when I think it’s done and it’s not. It’s not wrong to want to know when something will be over. It’s causing us pain. It’s stressing us out. Our good Father hasn’t intended us to be destroyed by these things.

Still, as I prayed recently, I felt a challenge in my spirit. Instead of constantly wondering and speculating when these various situations will end, I can take joy in knowing they will, in fact, end.

With all the questions that demand answers, there is one that is absolutely settled. He is faithful to complete the work He started (Philippians 1:6). His word for you is settled and unshakeable for all eternity (Psalm 119:89).

I invite you to join me.

Be thankful that even though you may not know the date, time, and place where your current hard situations will end–you know they will end. Honestly, some things may linger until we die, but even then, they’ll end.

To focus on the victory Jesus’ won through His own death and resurrection, this is the joy of His saints. Today, tomorrow, ten years–He sees and declares the end from the beginning. You win.

How about you? Do you get preoccupied with the “when” and “how long” of it all? Does this encourage you?

8 Comments

  1. My husband and I discuss this issue a lot due to continuing problems in our family, and even in our life. Every time we get into a fight I think to my self, when am I going to learn not to say that, when am i going to learn to keep my mouth shut and listen more…when will the circle of evil end God, when. Thank God we have the hope it will end, maybe not here but someday we will trade our flesh for Him, someday the evil one will be thrown into the pit FOREVER. It’s a constant reminder life here is a battle field, not a picnic. Good thoughts brother…

    • Oh Betty, I know the pain of family issues (as we probably all do to some degree). It’s so hard to keep your mouth shut when someone is going the wrong direction or to say the right thing and not drive them away. Praying for you and your family--wisdom and grace. Thank God we all get to hold on to see the end--His glorious end. Thanks Betty.

  2. Such a great reminder to us all that there is joy in the journey, not just the destination. May we all foster that gratitude attitude no matter where we find ourselves. Blessings, Jason!
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    • Amen! This is my heart’s desire, Martha! Thank you.

  3. My m-i-l used to say, “This too shall pass.” While I can’t take the flippant of an outlook, it is true. I try to keep in mind that God is God; He is in control and not me; and His timing will be the best timing.
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    • Great point. It can be difficult to know how and when to “fight” and when to sit back. Somehow I want gratitude to be the basis of all of it though. Thank you, Bill!

  4. I’ve shared with you before that I’ve been in a time of trials and that I don’t think they end until we learn the lesson we’re to learn while were in them. It’s not the circumstances that need to change… it’s our perspective… Good one, Jason.

    • Very true. We are being molded and fashioned into the image of Christ and He uses it all to bring about that beauty! Thanks so much, Floyd.

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