God Knows the End of the Story
By Rick Warren
“What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail” (James 5:11 The Message).
The big question everyone is asking right now is, “When will things get back to normal?”
But, I want to ask you, what will you do if life doesn’t get back to normal?
The answer is simple. You don’t put your hope in the government to make things right again. You don’t trust in the media or celebrities. Instead, put your hope in God.
Why hope in God?
Because he knows the end of the story. We don’t have to know it because he does. He holds the future.
The story of Job demonstrates this. Imagine being Job when everything was taken from him. He didn’t know the future. He had no idea God would restore things in the end. But he trusted God.
James says, “What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail” (James 5:11 The Message).
God worked through the details of Job’s life because he cared about him. God will do the same for you. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve messed up in the first part of your story; trust God to handle the details and watch how he brings it all together in the second half of your story. In fact, God already knows how your story will end.
The thing is, it’s really his story and he created you to be a unique and significant part of it. That’s why you can have faith that he is working to take care of you and to give you a good future.
God repeatedly says in Scripture that he will one day reward us for our faith. The book of James says: “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12 GNT).
No matter what you’re going through right now, God promises to work everything out for good. And that’s a reason for hope—and a reason to faithfully trust in him.
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