He Knows How It Ends  

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done...” (Isaiah 46:10, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD                    
I am a sports fan and sometimes I will record a game and watch it when I have time. Most times, I already know how the game ends because I have talked to friends or watched the news. I know my team won. So while I’m watching, I don’t get discouraged if my team falls behind. I don’t get uptight if it’s halftime and we still haven’t scored yet. I’m totally at peace. Why? I already know the outcome. The truth is that the further behind we fall, the more excited I am because that means a big comeback is on its way. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen because it is going to be exciting.

I have a co-worker who I encouraged to go back to school and she did.  She struggled to pay for her classes but she persevered and finished nursing school. Then she wouldn't stop worrying about the boards.  She had little faith she would pass it.  I kept telling her she would be fine and she always wanted to know how I am so sure, what made me so excited when she cannot feel anything but fear?

I told her that "God does not do anything half way, he does not leave unfinished business."  I also told her "God got you through all the struggles of school while you were dealing with all your other problems.  Do you believe you did all of that on your own?  God was right there making sure everything went well. Even when you weren't praying others were praying for you to succeed. Now that you have completed the hard part with God's help, he will make sure you get your license.  The devil cannot defeat God.  He already has a license with your name on it, all you need to do is go and claim it in faith."

She still kept worrying especially when someone else took the exam and failed.  One day I was going over some papers with her and I saw her exit exam results.  She scored in the 99 percentile rank.   I got excited and and hugged her and said I knew you would pass the boards, now I have no doubt.  I did not know you did so well in nursing school. I knew you finished but not that you finished at the top of your class. She said, 'that does not mean I will pass the boards.'  I said to her, "the exit exam is so much harder that the boards and you outscored 99% of the people in the country who took it on that day.  You are definitely going to pass the boards.  As a former teacher I am telling you, you would have to have a total melt down in the exam to fail it."

One evening we were talking about what we were going to do for Christmas. She had no idea what she would do.  I insisted she take the boards before Christmas so her license would be her gift to herself.   She thought about it and secretly set a time for Christmas Eve. She hid it from everyone else but she told me and asked me to ask my prayer line to pray for her to pass. We did. 

She wanted me to look the results up on the computer as she was too afraid to look herself, but it was the weekend so I told her nothing will happen until the next working day.  She waited anxiously and I could tell she was not sleeping well.  

I told her I already felt it in my spirit that she passed. Her husband was believing with me but she wasn't.  She believed she answered every question incorrectly. She kept replaying them in her head. She had no appetite even when I brought her favorite foods.  All weekend she was a wreck, while I was happy.  She thought I was crazy because she was sure she messed up and failed.

Monday morning I went on the site to check but I knew I was too early.  I saved the page and decided to refresh it after 8am but I couldn't help refreshing a little after 7am. I got distracted and didn't see the results right there in front of me. About half an hour later I checked back and I say her name and she passed.   

She took the exam once and passed it. God is good.  I knew it all along. Now she and her family know it too.  She has changed. When she talks to others now, she sounds so optimistic.  God has started a work in her and I know he will finish it. 

As believers, God has promised us victory. You may go through disappointments. At times, it seems like you’re far behind. But you’ve got to remind yourself, “God holds my future in the palm of His hand. He already knows the outcome. God never ends in defeat!” I’m going to come out of this better and stronger than ever before! Remember, He knows how it ends, and it ends in peace, joy and victory in every area of your life!

Father God, how awesome You are! Thank You for declaring victory over my life. I choose to trust Your Word, even when I don’t understand. I trust that You are good and that my end shall be in victory in Jesus’ name! Amen.