Happy Endings

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August 8, 2013 by lellielieb

Each day as I do my reading from the Calendar I pray and ask God to show me the lesson He has for me today.  He knows my heart better than I do and He also knows what’s coming in my day, so He knows what I need.  I can’t stop thinking how awesome it would be if a whole nation read the same scripture morning and evening, each person seeking God’s lesson, and then sharing what they found with one another, or even a whole church community, or a small group…but that’s another post.

This morning I was struck by the end verses of each passage that I read.  Both endings came to a terrific crescendo.  The first was from Ecclesiastes:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Looking for a simple solution to the problem of how to live?  Solomon offers one.  Trust God, obey God, watch God work.  I like that.  It’s simple and doable, by God’s grace.

Next, I turned to Romans 8.  The passage for this morning ended with verse 18:

 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Sometimes, in following Solomon’s advice, and letting God have His way, suffering happens.  This has been a real struggle for me and I’ve written about it before.  Paul reminds us here, though, that no suffering we can go through on this earth can tarnish the shine of the glory God is bringing.  This is comforting, especially coming from someone who lived in a day when being a Christian could get you beheaded or worse.

All of this reminds me of an old, old gospel song:

When we walk with the Lord, in the Light of His Word,

What a Glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

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