Thursday, July 14, 2011

The End of the Story

My daughter loves to read the end of the book first.  Some people judge a book by it's cover, but she judges it by the last chapter.  In fact, she's been known to stand in the store reading the last few pages of the book.  If it ends well, then she will buy the book and read the whole thing.  I think it ruins the suspense, but she says it makes her feel better to know what is going to happen.

As we read the Bible, we have the benefit of seeing the whole picture.   The end of the story is obvious to us, but to the actual participants, the results were longer in coming.  What takes us only a few minutes to read may have happened over several day, weeks, or even years. It's easy to believe everything is going to work out when you can turn the page and see the ending, but it's different if you are living through it. 

The story of King Hezekiah and King Sennacherib is one of my favorites in the Bible. (2 Kings 18 & 19)  Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, was coming to attack Judah.  He sent officials to Jerusalem to taunt the people and their king, Hezekiah. After Sennacherib's officials left, Hezekiah sent for Isaiah, then went into the temple of the Lord to pray.  When King Hezekiah's officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah had this message from the Lord:

Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers. Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home.
So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword. 2 Kings 19:6-7

This message is found in verse 7, then in verse 9 we read that Sennacherib received a report that his kingdom was being invaded and he was needed at home.  In verses 35-37, Sennacherib broke camp and returned home.  Then one day, while worshiping in the temple of his god, Sennacherib's sons came in and killed him with the sword.

We are looking down through history as we read this account.  As I read about Hezekiah, I am cheering him on.   I can see that even as Isaiah is giving the message from the Lord, Sennacherib is receiving a message from home.  I know how the story is going to end, and I shout to Hezekiah, "Keep going.  Keep believing.  God is faithful!"  I can say this because I have read the end of the story.

Did you know we also have people cheering us on? 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses ,let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Hebrews 12:1 (emphasis added) 

This cloud of witnesses are people who are looking down through history at us.  They have already know the end of the story.  They  cheer us on, saying, "Keep going!  We know the end and it's going to be worth it."  

Read the end of the story.  We win!  

We win!
We win!
Hallelujah, we win!
I've read the back of the book, and we win!

Many blessings,

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa - Lovely post, this is a great reminder. I think its time for me to go through the end of the 'book' again to refresh my faith!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Amen! I got goosebumps It's so cool to think of everyone through-out history cheering us on love it thanks for this post!

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  3. Awesome. That is a great way to think :)

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  4. I do not even read the back of the book when I get a new book. :) I know what publishers I like and get their books. I LOVE surprises. :)

    This is a great way to look at it. I love knowing they are there cheering us on. The end of the story will be incredible!

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  5. Love it! Except for the part about your daughter reading the ending of the books! I think there's a law against that. ;)

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  6. Lisa,

    I love the part where you wrote It's easy to believe everything is going to work out when you can turn the page and see the ending, but it's different if you are living through it. It is so easy for me to cheer other people because I know the ending, it is going to be good. it is harder to believe it for myself. Lovely post today, and a great encouragement to keep going, because we know how the story is going to end.

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  7. Thank you for sharing.

    This is very hope-filled!! It's good to know we win in the end. Thanks for the reminder.

    Blessings,
    ann

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  8. I must confess I also read the end of the book first also...if it's a bad ending, I don't read the book! But our ending is so much better than any fiction story out there! No matter what we face in this earthly life-we win in the end! Every time! Praise God!

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  9. I love that...that it's not about how a story starts...or any ups and downs or crisis' in the middle...but how the story (our lives) end that counts. What a great model for looking at others also....not where they have been...but where they are going that counts the most! Good stuff! A new follower ~ Jen

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  10. I like how your daughter thinks...I do it too sometimes when my hubby isn't looking :-)


    so grateful for the cloud of witnesses and the knowledge that victory is ours!!

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  11. Amen! I love it! I am crying just thinking about it. We win! I love that we have cheerleaders! God is cheering us on! He says I know that you can do it. I have faith in you, my Beloved.

    Thanks Momma!

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  12. And sometimes I really really need that cloud of witnesses to cheer me on. When I get tired or discouraged they sure pick me up1"

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