When we think of the end, we obviously think of the final point of something, a termination, a cutoff, a cessation. But in this post, I’d be looking at the concept of the end from a different perhaps less used vantage point.
I’d be using end to mean: an outcome worked toward.
In our experience of life, there are several soft factors that affect our perceptions, attitudes, and responses. One of such is uncertainty. The human mind grapples without success almost with the challenge of being uncertain. At its most extreme expression, it can lead to panic, inaction, and indecision.
There is a theory in communications, the uncertainty reduction theory, which serves to explain why news media is any format will tend to have a niche across the board. Simply because, people want to be certain, people what to have answers to questions, even those unasked. That’s the general experience of the race of Adam, at least stemming from the First Adam. Is it any different from the race of the Last Adam?
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
Note the highlighted portion and keep in mind our working definition of the word, End. We find that, in the midst of the perplexities, the injustice, the subjugation of courses and subjection of being, as we experience the seeming triumph of evil over all that is good and glorious, the believer if not careful may find himself envying the wicked, for it seems all things are working for their good. In the midst of such contemplations, an audacious, countercurrent statement is made, For surely there is an end. And when that End is revealed, we will make an alarming discovery, for we will find that only the righteous are still standing, and their expectations find full expression. At the end of the day, the wicked is nowhere to be found.
Brother James, wrote:
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
What are we saying? James paints a clear picture for us. He shows us that, as we believers come to terms with the truth that, regardless of all that is happening in and around us, God has an End, we aren’t mere victims caught in a web of cosmic interplay, but rather protagonists of a well-written script, which contains an implicit assurance that at the end of the day, we come out exactly as intended by God, we ought to take courage, rest, knowing that our salvation is nearer than when we first began.
And secondly that, there is, therefore, a need for patience as we saw with Job, the patience that keeps calm, trust, believes, even when we don’t yet see the intended End, when as yet it is dark and we have to contend with raging storms. Believer, we have need of patience, for God has an End. And in the end, you can be certain that we shall see, even as our lives become the expression of the mercy, tenderness, and compassion of God.