“No, no, no, no! Don’t tell me!” My older brother Shawn says as I chase him down the hall, “Lalalala!” As he covers his ears and I’m trying to spoil the movie “The Sixth Sense” for him. THAT movie is completely worthless after you know the ending – I was such a punk. Books, movies, sports are filled with things that completely lose their value once you know the ending. We are so addicted to novelty, that once the surprise is gone we have no use for beauty.
There’s a good solution to that – the Bible, God’s story, if you’re a believer – your story. Take the book of Ecclesiastes for example – if you don’t read the last two verses first, you’ll probably feel miserable by chapter 4. The last two verses make everything else in that book work. That’s also the nature of Biblical prophecy – even in Garden of Eden, God looked forward to END OF TIME when everything is made right. The Second Coming of Jesus is the Blessed Hope that helps each believer to persevere through trials (Titus 2:13, 1 Thes. 4:16-18). This life isn’t all there is – it’s going to get better.
So go ahead, when the devil reads you the story of your past, read him the story of his future (spoiler alert – it doesn’t end well for him). Go ahead, read the end of THE STORY, your story first, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people … He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away … I am making everything new!” (Rev. 21:3-5 NIV).
Right now, take a minute and ask God to speak to you about the end of your story. Listen as He tells you the good things He’s got planned, and trust me, it won’t spoil anything. It will make everything sweeter. Go ahead, read the end first.