“The end of a thing is better than the beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” – Ecclesiastes 7:8
The inspired writer was taking into account the fact that finite beings cannot see all ends but Jehovah can. He who knows when a single sparrow falls to the earth considers everything. This is His universe. This is His world. Every particle of matter, atom, proton, neutron, electron; every strand of DNA, He created, set in place and motion. Of all beings, He would know best where everything’s place is in His plan to redeem this world for His glory. We cannot possibly understand nor fathom such a Mind.
“The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision” – Psalm 2:2-4.
He laughs at the dreamers and scoffers who, like gnats on an elephant, try to cut Him down to size, who think vainly they can match wits with Him. Ashes and dust cannot compete. Just let them try. It’s like grasshoppers trying to master Calculus.
That is why we must learn to trust Him and cease trying to second guess His motives and actions.
“But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause – Who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. He gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields, He sets on high those who are lowly and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot carry out their plans. He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them. They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noontime as in the night” – Job 5:8-14
The end of a thing is better than the beginning when we leave God in charge of everything. It is better because He knows to what end and purpose all things lead. He never misses anything. All His equations balance. To us the world is chaos, confusion, pain and heartache. It is also unity, order, thrill and joy. It is a blend mixed by God who, in His eternal wisdom, has reserved all answers to Himself. He does not answer to anyone nor ask advice; there is no need.
Therefore, let us learn to live with what God has given us. We don’t have to like it, nor do we have to accept it to the point of not requesting improvement, but may we live with it until that time, or until the end of our earthly lives.
When I was a young man I worked in a machine shop. I spray painted 10 pound water pump casings, picking them up out of huge metal bins to fasten them one at a time to hooks on a moving line. I did this for hours on end. I was 135 pounds soaking wet. In the beginning, my arms looked like twigs. I did it for probably a year, maybe less. It was hot, slow, painful, work. But from all that, I gained considerable stamina, “wiry” strength in my arms, and a grip of iron that still serve me in my old age. The beginning of that was not pleasant, the end, however, has paid off handsomely. The pain and sweat were worth it, not so much then, but now.
I do not know what burden you carry. It could be worse or less than my own. I do not know if you will ever, in this life, see complete relief from it. Consider that your lot, if you like, that God has placed on you at least for the time being. Pray for deliverance but be sure to tell Him that His will be done (Luke 11:2). If it goes on, then believe it has purpose and let Him who sees the end from the beginning handle it and sustain you (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is His working in us and on us to bring His sons to glory with Him which is where it shall all end if we remain faithful through it all (Hebrews 2:10).
“But He saves the needy from the sword, from the mouth of the mighty, and from their hand. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth. Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty, for He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole”– Job 5:15-18