Many moons ago, I lived in the William Oliver Building in downtown Atlanta. The William Oliver Building was very nice and contained most of the amenities you would expect in an apartment building. However, the one amenity or feature that I cherished the most was the roof top terrace.
Many brothers and sisters from the church I attended lived in the building; so the roof top terrace became a favorite hang out spot to pray or to read your Bible. On one occasion, I was having a tough time in life. I can’t recall what the issue was, but I felt stuck in a pit of despair.
About that time a sister appeared whom I will forever be grateful to because her words of wisdom and encouragement saved my spiritual life! She asked me why such a long face. I immediately began to pour out my heart about all that troubled me. Then the sister said, “Lionel, in the book of Ecclesiastes 7:8 “the end of a matter is better than its beginning.” I can remember tears wielding up in my eyes as I felt this tremendous sense of relief and encouragement.
I now realized that the matter seemed never-ending because I was trying to cope in my strength instead of casting my anxieties upon Jesus as 1 Peter 5:7 states. We as Christians must learn to free ourselves from the yoke of worry, stress and trouble. This is not to say we will not encounter trouble, but what you do with stress and trouble is paramount to the outcome. Therefore, we must continuously cast our anxieties upon Jesus and remember that the end of the matter is better than its beginning.
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