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The Last Ten Pages

Genesis 15:20, “You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.”

What defines a tragedy in any movie, play, or book. Typically, a tragedy is based on human suffering and the sorrows usually fall on the main character. This is caused by an event causing suffering, destruction, or distress. When we see, read, or hear about these, we usually feel for the main character thinking they don't deserve such calamity. When we see a heroine or hero fall, we think, why would such bad happen to someone good?

There's a story of a little boy about seven years old. He was walking home with his mother and younger sister. Mom was holding his sister’s hand and a grocery bag as they came to a crosswalk. Knowing they could cross as soon as the little man lit up on the sign, the little boy watched closely ready to run as soon as the sign allowed. When the little man showed up the little boy darted across the crosswalk. As he ran, he heard his name yelled louder than he had ever heard to ‘STOP’! His feet immediately halted just as a truck came whizzing by just inches in front of him.

See, what the little boy saw as a quick run across the street, his focus was only in front of him. What he didn't have was his mother's perspective on the entire street around them. Had the boy ignored his mother’s voice this story would have quite a different ending and fall under the category of a tragedy.

Let's look at a few “tragedies” from our perspective in the Bible. Esther, taken from her family to enter a beauty contest for the king. Even if she hadn't been chosen, she still would have to live as a King's concubine never to see her family again. Joseph, sold by his brothers, bounced from one suffering to another that he didn't deserve. Daniel, another man taken from his home forced to live among heathens and conform to their ways. He then was fed to the lions for keeping his faith because others didn't like him. Job, one of the biggest tragedies. A man so faithful to God, walked in accordance with God, lived for God not only lost his entire herd of livestock and servants, but he also lost all his children, to death. He was burdened with a horrific disease, and to top it off, his wife told him to just give up and die, all because satan again was trying to prove God wrong. Let's not forget the greatest tragedy in the Bible, Jesus. God's perfect son, sent here to die on the cross for mankind.

From our point of view these all seem to be unfair tragedies, bad happening to good people. If we put the book down now without reading the last ten pages these truly would be tragedies. If we stop reading or watching we miss the silver lining, the tragedy turned around for good. It's in those last pages that the writer likes to end on a good note. It is in the last ten pages God allows the bad to turn into good as He intended.

Esther became queen and saved a nation. Joseph made an impact, was able to witness for God and saved two nations. Daniel was a witness of God and helped a king find the true God. Job proved to satan that God is just and worthy of praise despite anything that befalls him in this world. He showed the angels that God is truly God. Jesus, became the redemption story, showed the world we can defeat satan, and saves all of God's people that choose to follow God.

Like the little boy, we see things at a limited perspective and that at times can cause us to only see the dark clouds with no light at the end of the tunnel. Yet, like the mother, God sees the entire picture. God sees how this will begin for all of us and how it will end. He sees where we will be the best witnesses for Him and how He intends, what others deem bad for us, as good to finish the will of God and to bring this earth full of sin to completion.

Jesus promises to be our light through the tunnel and that He won't allow anything we can't handle with His help to happen to us, and when in the middle of the battle He will fight for us. What we need to do is become so in tune with His voice that we can hear His warning to ‘STOP’, when the path we're on may lead to tragedy. Listen to His voice to stay on the path He has shown us to follow. He never promises our life will always be easy, but He does promise the last ten pages will bring the happy ending when He comes again to take us to heaven.

The life of God, which gives life to the world, is in His word. The word of God is the standard of character. In giving us this word, God has put us in possession of every truth essential to salvation. Thousands have drawn water from these wells of life, yet there is no diminishing of the supply. Thousands have set the Lord before them, and by beholding have become changed into the same image. We have the privilege to also read the scriptures and learn from the well of the Lord. All we need to do is make time in our daily lives to open the pages and learn from God. Let's finish our study through 2 Corinthians and read chapter 13.

Study 13, 2 Corinthians chapter 13-

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