The End Is Not Yet

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But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. (Mk. 13:7)

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In the lead-up to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, Jesus' disciples would encounter many hardships. But whatever their travails, Jesus promised that they were only temporary troubles leading to a greater glory. God's plan was not finished, and hope remained. 

Throughout history, it has always been thus. When Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden, their pleasant life was turned into one of drudgery--but it was only the beginning of a long adventure for humanity. The end was not yet.  

When God destroyed the world in a great flood, it was the passing of one world for Noah's family and the beginning of a new. Life would never be the same--but the end was not yet. 

The Israelites who toiled in slavery in Egypt could see no hope of relief from their misery. But neither could they see the plans God had for His people. Their suffering had a purpose, and the end was not yet.  

As David fled from Saul, he had to wonder what had become of God's promise. Betrayals, disappointments, setbacks--would this fugitive life never come to an end? Yes, it would--but not yet. 

To the Jews carried away into Babylonian exile, it seemed that their destiny as the people of God had come to an ignoble end. All their dreams of grandeur were dashed, and there could be no possible revival of their fortunes. But they had no idea what was coming; the end was not yet. 

The crucifixion of Jesus marked the end of the messianic hope of the apostles. They thought He was the One; how could they have been so deceived? But the end was not yet, and three days later . . . .

Friend, whatever discouragement you're going through right now, know that your story is not over either. Whatever your burden, don’t give in to despair. Whatever the struggle, don’t quit. Whatever the treachery, don’t become bitter. Your journey is not over, and God has a surprise for you that you can scarce imagine.

Because the end is not yet.