“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28 (NIV).
There is a popular saying that the end justifies the means! This truism has been used to justify all sorts of wickedness to achieve a greater cause. Revolutions have been waged where excess were unsparingly exerted on populations because the end which is perceived as a paradise justifies whatever means used.
In the Christian life we can go through a host of life’s challenges. These could be caused of own folly or sometimes the fact that we live on a cursed earth where things are not supposed to be perfect (Genesis 2:17). When we are going through these challenges it can be frustrating and perhaps we may be tempted to lose hope.
The Israelites were besotted with many challenges too as they journeyed from Egypt to the Promised Land. So harsh at times they were often prone to rebellion, even wishing to return back to the old life they had left behind in Egypt. Their leader Moses was often pushed to the limit.
What makes this journey meaningful is that while the Israelites may have felt overwhelmed with the difficulties they were facing, there was a God who already knew the end. As almighty God is sovereign and all-knowing none of their trails came as a surprise. And while they may have for lack of this knowledge been driven to desperateness, there was a God who already knew that if all trusted Him, in spite of all, the difficulties mounting around, they would emerge victorious.
The idea that the end justifies the mean is a worldly view and has caused so much needless suffering especially when revolutions do not yield the expected paradise. However, when we walk with God, whatever the harshness we encounter, in life, there is hope that God knows the outcome and in the end it is all worth whatever we go through.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, what a comfort is it to know that as a believer there is a meaning in whatever challenges I encounter in this life, and more, you know the outcome, which is perfect in you.