I like to read. I read non-fiction books to help with my ministry, leadership, spiritual development, and other things and then in my spare time I also enjoy reading fiction. Lately I have been enjoying some of Clive Cussler’s novels.
Today as I was reading, I was getting drawn into the suspense and intrigue of the story and I was wondering how it was all going to work out. There were a lot of twists and turns and a few times the story began heading in a direction that seemed to lead to an outcome I would not be pleased with. But then I realized that regardless of what new development came up in the story, everything was eventually going to work out in the end.
In Cussler’s novels the good guys always win, the storyline always gets resolved, everything eventually works out for the best. Actually, most fiction is like that. Not all, but the majority of fiction novels eventually wind up with things working out in the end. That is one of the nice things about reading. It means that you can enjoy reading the book, you can experience the adventure and the intrigue and yet all the while you can know that everything will work out in the end.
As I was thinking about that, I realized that in reality that is true with our life in Christ as well. Life is filled with ups and downs. Things don’t always go our way. We have our share of hardships and difficulties along with our joys and triumphs. Life is an adventure, it is filled with intriguing possibilities. We may not enjoy everything that happens along the way, but ultimately, if we are in Christ, we can be assured that everything will work out in the end.
We already know how things are going to turn out. One day the Lord will return to usher in His Kingdom. Life as we know it will come to an end, but there will be a new Heaven and a new earth and we will spend eternity with our Lord. We can be assured of that good ending if we are in Christ.
That amazing fact allows us to look at life here on earth in a different way. We can approach this life with peace, knowing that no matter what happens, God’s victory is secure. Everything will come together at the end of the story. So I encourage you with those words.