November 12, 2017

The Final Victory is Already Written!


“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.” James 1:12 (KJV)

Most of us have dreams or goals. Motivated people may have agendas for rising to the top of their chosen field.

Do all ambitions get realized? No. Is the purpose of blocked expectations to frustrate us and make us quit? Not necessarily, although it may seem so at the time.

My last article was about trusting the process. Metamorphosis follows necessary pressure and pain. When we are “planted” in the soil of adversity, we “bloom” as a new, improved creation.  

It’s difficult to see beyond present trials; that’s why a clearer perspective is helpful.



The Beginning and the End (Alpha and Omega)

These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They’re familiar to members of college fraternities and sororities.


As humans, our vision is often limited to the past and the present. It takes a special trust in God to see the ultimate victory, when we’re hampered by pain in the middle of the race.

God’s vision is perfect. He sees and understands everything. He is Alpha and Omega: the First and the Last.

It’s also helpful for us to have a more long-term viewpoint. I will illustrate this with the following cases:

The Storm in Mark 4: 35-41

Jesus told the disciples he wanted to go to the other shore of the Sea of Galilee. He had no doubt they’d eventually get there, no matter what pitfalls came. The journey would be tough, but the end was already written.

They went out on the water, probably in a fishing boat. One of the typical, fierce storms arose. The disciples panicked; Jesus slept. The disciples feared death, so they woke Jesus up. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and calmed the tempest.

The Football Game

Joel Osteen tells the story of watching the playback of a major-league football game. He already knew the outcome of the game, but he wanted to see the actual footage.

His team was the underdog.  It went from bad to worse.  Joel Osteen had no idea how the players would pull out of the pit, but they did. He was never anxious, because he knew the outcome; his side would win.

Construction

There are all sorts of reality shows featuring amazing indoor and outdoor renovations. My daughter and I enjoy watching Home and Garden TV. The designers and contractors don’t consider the outdated, tiny living spaces; they’re thinking of the beautiful end result.

Michelangelo

This artist/sculptor was a protégé of the powerful Medici family. He set the bar for excellence in the art world.  The legend professed to do his most iconic work by freeing the beautiful masterpiece inside the solid block of marble.  That’s strong manifestation!

My Conclusion

I’ve heard many speakers say something like this: “If you’re still struggling, your story isn’t over.”  That’s something to remember when we’re going through heartache. It’s a hard task to believe in a happy ending when our present reality is far from pleasant. That’s where faith comes in.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”—Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

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