All’s Well That Ends Well

For all of us there are many circumstances that we worry about in this life … wondering how things are going to eventuate. We might worry about the future of our careers, our long-term health, retirement and financial security, personal relationships with those we love, to name a few.

In the things we worry about, wouldn’t it be great to know that they all work out well in the end?

One of the great loves of my life was coaching high school runners and teams. Starting a new season at the end of the summer was always a fun event, seeing what new talents were joining the program and beginning to whip a team into shape. Early-season races were fun events to get a picture of what might lie ahead. But as the year went along, the meets took on more seriousness. At the end of the season were the four biggies: conference, county, regional and state championship meets. I thought about them every day; they loomed large in the back of my mind. Coaching was still fun, but it would have been a lot more enjoyable if I knew in September that we were going to be standing on the state championship platform in November.

But that is the great truth of the Christian life. We know that it ultimately ends in the most fantastic way possible! Yes, we’ll have some struggles along the way … to press the running metaphor, we’ll have some injuries, illnesses, bad weather and even lose a few races. But we are champions in the end.

At the end of Romans chapter 8 it lists an entire dossier of things that can go wrong in life: persecution, famine, peril, hardship, etc.  But it concludes that none of this can prevent us from winning in the end, that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. In all these things, we are more than conquerors!

As we conclude this series on knowing God, that knowledge of Him informs us that there is a certainty that all things will be set right again. God will be glorified victoriously forever. Christ will return as the earthly ruler and the focus of worship around the throne. The Spirit will be active throughout to empower believers toward faith and worship of God for all eternity.

All of this is wonderful truth for us to ponder. The Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesians would have this mindset (1:18-19) … I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

And so the story of stories ends with the true and best “happily ever after.”  It is this goal and moment and reality toward which our hearts are bent; and when we understand that, we understand truly what life is all about, what knowing God is about …

–           We know the perfect way things were originally made and were meant to be …

–           We know the total mess-up that happened that put us all under a death sentence …

–           We see that God in grace had a plan he has worked out through time and history, making all of history make sense …

–           We now know the pinnacle moment of the fulfillment of God’s plan was the death of Christ …

–           We understand now that the resurrection gives us through faith a new relationship with God and empowerment in this life through the Spirit living within …

–           And the hope of all things being made right again supports us through this life and even through our death, as an eternal life is promised us in Christ.

Rev. 21:2-5 – I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed multiple hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and have been a sportswriter for various publications and online venues. My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with the Antietam Battlefield Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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