The Inevitability of Beginnings and Endings with Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Questioning Surprises

An Inevitable Celebration Awaits - A Studio 1-37 Original ImageThis Sunday, Holy Week begins with all the pomp and circumstance of a grand celebration but this historical week of ups and downs is full of surprises or is it? When we view this long prophesied event perhaps we need to see not a crazy week of turns and twists but simply destiny? Sometimes it seems that often the things that initially appear to catch us off guard with unawares was there all along in retrospect with the clear inevitability of it all.

The phenomenon of surprises grounded with inevitability is best prepared for with good thought, study, and careful attention. This is much like the conductor of a symphony orchestra who, in a pre-concert lecture, instructed the audience about a major work the orchestra would perform at the evening concert.

The conductor informed the audience that if they listened carefully to the music they would discover that although the score was full of surprises that its inevitability is also clearly heard. There, within the music, they would hear both astounding and unexpected sounds as the music appeared to twist and turn. At some points in the concert, surprising blares of the trumpet and sudden rolling of the timpani will appear out of nowhere. But that in the long runs and throughout the overall music, these surprises will clearly make themselves known as part of the whole coherence. Once the listeners hear the entire piece from the beginning until the end, they will find that the music’s inevitability is clear and that writing it any different simply would not work.

Is the Inevitability of Holy Week Clear?

The historical events of Holy Week are also full of twists and turns but obviously inevitable. The inevitability is clearly seen when taking the time to listen to the preparations. God gave the pre-concert lecture to the audience but they weren’t listening attentively and thus the surprises caught them off guard. As we revisit the events of Holy Week both reviving and securing ourselves with the startling ending, we, too, need to listen attentively to what God has said not only in the past but for the future.

The one thread that sounds firmly and solidly from the beginning is that God never changes. He remains the same. This is the thread that weaves through the ages and the one that never breaks. Even though there are limits to our time on earth, God’s time remains unlimited and unchanging. We are to use our limited time on earth wisely with the eternal perspective always in the foreground of our mind. For there is coming a time for us that will also be unlimited and inevitable.

This resounding chord in life is solidly grounding as we realize that no matter how much the world and our personal life is constantly changing the one thing that remains the same is God and His truth. He is the beginning and He is the end. Holy Week teaches us that no matter the twists and turns that occur in life God remains in full control in His timeless and unchanging ways.

Before the mountains were, born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. Psalm 90:2 (NLT)

Preparation is the Key to Surprises

The Boy Scout motto is, ”Be Prepared.” It weighs well also for Christians for when you are prepared with Christ the surprises in life don’t catch you so unaware. Recognizing that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) is the one thing you can cling to when you want to shout, ”stop the world, I want to get off.”

God is your beginning and end. He remains with you forever and it is by clinging to Him that will see you through the crazy experiences of life and the world. It is through this belief that you can step out into the world with full confidence knowing that God is in control as He has been from the beginning and will be until the end.

By grounding yourself in His Word and truth you can see the clear inevitability of His control. Take a lesson from the past as you historically view God’s unchanging presence through the history of not only the Bible but through time. You can see the woven threads of the colorful twists and turns in life that holds the surprises but yet also grounds and unifies life in the only way it is possible to write it.

Understanding or even liking the surprises of life may not be possible. There is much that may not make human sense but it is important to remember that God is indeed in full control as He has always been and always will be. Through the diligent preparation of grounding your knowledge in that fact, you prepare for dealing with the surprises due to the limitless inevitability of God’s control.

Ground Yourself with Inevitability

As you revisit and experience the surprises of Holy Week, find yourself challenged but secure to trust God fully, knowing He is in control. Your convictions ground themselves in knowing that He is the beginning and He is the forever. For His greater purpose triumphs over all and is beyond what you can see. A peaceful comfort descends in the knowledge that no matter your limited sight within the changing world, God is the one thing that remains the same.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

Faith in God is the gift that takes us beyond our limited self, with all its incessant demands. It opens us to a life that stretches us, enlightens us, and often springs surprises upon us. Such faith, like love, sees that which is invisible and lives by it.

Vincent Nichols

Extra Study

Genesis 1:1, Psalms 102:24; 25; 27, Proverbs 8:22-26, Hebrews 13:8

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Are you grounded in the belief that God is the beginning and the end? Do you take comfort in the clear inevitability of His full control? Join us in discussion of preparing for the surprises and inevitability of life knowing that God is in control.

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