8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning…
(Therefore) 10 Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
There is a natural forward movement in the things of God’s kingdom. He was the one who invented time, after all.
And by virtue of us, being His image bearers, humankind has this also. We see this in technology advancing, knowledge increasing, cities and population developing and expanding constantly.
Importantly, we need to be able to locate this forward movement and progress in our own lives as part of God’s kingdom. There is a danger in all of us to look back wistfully and pine for the “good old days”. As a child I remember hearing my Dad tell us about life when he was a child – without any of the modern conveniences we had – and thinking they don’t sound so good!
We can look back to a certain season, a certain period of time and associate it so strongly with the blessing and favour of God it paralyses us from moving forward into the new things God has for us.
Your life and my life is not complete. There is still more God wants (and needs) to do in and through us. There is a progressive work of Christ right now occurring in your life and whilst we are breathing on this earth, it is not finished!
The Word of God tells us this work continues and the end of it will be better than the beginning. That is God’s promise to you – “the better” is yet to come.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for your promise. I choose to believe it today and set my eyes on you. As good as the days in the past were, I thank you for the best being ahead of me. In Jesus name, Amen.