I was listening to Nelly Furtado’s song All Good Things, teasing a friend of mine, and asking why do all good things really come to an end.
Have you ever found yourself asking that question? You’re enjoying yourself and blissfully happy—you know that fun vacation or happy relationship or much needed bonus, and then, you stop and think, this is too good to be true. This is going to end, badly.
And sometimes it does. And sometimes you don’t ask, Was that thing or person even ever really good for me? What is God doing for me in this situation?
Anyway, such losses set up the perfect scenario for a superstition in your life. Are you one of those who are afraid of enjoying themselves or being hopeful? You’re convinced that it’s far better to expect the worst because then you’ll never be disappointed?
Well, if you responded with a “yes,” consider this good news.
The sentiment of all good things coming to an end is no where near what we, as believers in Christ, can expect. The good earthly things will come to an end sooner or later, but the best last for eternity. This doesn’t mean that we can never expect the best in this earthly life. On the contrary, God gives us a taste of the best here so we know what we can look forward to in eternity. The joy we experience, our relationships in Christ will last into the next life. We can hope to see our loved ones in the future, and are encouraged to honour and respect each other—to treat our relationships here as potential treasures of heaven.
Sometimes, the Good Must Give Way to the Best
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
-1 Peter 1:3
So if you’re going through one of those painful “ending” phases in your life, as difficult as it may be to do so, Rejoice! You may not feel like doing that, but our hope is not in our hopeless situation, but in a Redeemer who scoops us up in his arms, out of the mire, and places us in his best, healthiest situation for us. He doesn’t just leave us hanging in the here and now. He has something much better for us. He replaces our sorrow with joy, contentment, and hope, not later, but in this life too—just wait and see.
I’ve been there and have learned that we can never outwait or outgive God. “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities…,” but according to his grace, love, and compassion. If someone has intentionally tried to hurt or destroy you or your family, leave them in God’s hands. Do not wish evil on them or try and get back at them. Our Father in heaven sees into hearts like we can’t, and his retribution is far more just and final.
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