“Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid….” – Isaiah 7:4 (NIV)
There are many people that fast forward to the last minutes of the movie to see how it ends. Or they see how a sporting event turns out before they will invest a couple hours watching it. Some people when reading a mystery will turn to the final pages of a book to see if they guessed right on who done it and why.
If you like stories that end well, you’ll love Christianity. One of the great themes of our faith is triumphant hope—an unshakeable assurance that things will end right. In the midst of struggles and storms, battles and trials, we can focus beyond the present moment. Because in the end, God wins!
No matter what the situation or circumstances, God wins. Whether you like the ending or not, God wins. No matter when it happens, God wins. There is no alternate ending. God will not be worried about ratings, or viewership, or whether the ending is popular or even if it is politically correct. He wins. It is that simple.
The apostle Paul described the last days as “very difficult times,” in which people “will be cruel and hate what is good.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 3) That seems to describe the world today pretty well. Listening to the news every night will generally confirm that fact. But amidst all the negative in the world, there is hope, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ.
Think about it for second. All our earthly problems, financial and job pressures, emotional and physical challenges, relationship problems, wars etc., will end. Evil will be no more and we will live with God forever.
Although we know that to be true it does not stop us from working harder at fixing problems than trusting God who has already won the battle. There is a story in Exodus 14 which exemplifies this fact: God had orchestrated a battle plan for the Israelites that would make Pharaoh think they were confused and an easy prey for capture. They had escaped this king of Egypt because God was on their side. However, as Moses and those in his charge carried out God’s instructions, the Israelites became terrified. In the midst of their God-given advantage, they chose to focus on their circumstances – only seeing the immediate danger of the approaching Egyptian army heading their way. And what did Moses say to them?
“…Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lordr escue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
We just need to be still and let God win the battles for us.
- How do we know that God wins?
- What can we do to live our life as if God wins?