“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” Ecclesiastes 7:8
Everyone around the world is wildly celebrating the beginning of a New Year. That’s just what we do. But, as the Scripture above states, “the end of a thing” can be better than the beginning. That’s not to mean I’m not excited about a new year; on the contrary, I look forward to new days, new years, and new birthdays, as opportunities for personal redemption: change, improvement, renewed commitments, and more. But it’s both a sober and exciting thing to reflect on what the end of something means–whether it be fulfillment, completion, or significant growth in the right direction.
So, again I return to Spurgeon for few light thoughts 🙂 :
“Look at our Lord and Master, and see His beginning. He was ‘despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Would you see the end? He sits at His Father’s right hand, expectant, waiting until His enemies are made His footstool!
“As He is, so are we in the world”(I Jn.4:17). You must bear the cross, or you will never wear the crown; you must wade through the mire, or you will never walk the golden pavement. Cheer up, then, poor Christian. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”
“See that creeping worm; how contemptible is its appearance! It is the beginning of a thing. Notice that insect with gorgeous wings, playing in the sunbeams , sipping at the flower bells, full of happiness, and live; that is the end thereof! The caterpillar is you, until you are wrapped in the chrysalis of death, but when Christ appears, you will be like him, for you shall see Him as He is!! Be content to be like Him, so that like Him, you may be satisfied when you awake with His likeness!”
And there’s more… In another devotional, Spurgeon gives us something to remember and rejoice in, as we reflect on 2008, and head into 2009:
“Even on this last day of the year, Jesus pleads with us and waits to be gracious to us. Admirable indeed is the longsuffering of the Saviour in bearing with some of us year after year, notwithstanding our provocations, rebellions, and resistance of His Holy Spirit. Wonder of wonders that we are still in the land of mercy!
Oh, for grace to come now and drink, before the sun sets on the year’s last day!”
“In the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink!’” John7:37
Let us do that, before the clock strikes midnight!