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Spoiler Alert

As 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)

Under ‘A Diagnostic Guide to Reading’ I noticed a poll which posed the question, “While you’re reading a book, have you ever skipped ahead to read the ending?”  Well, how would you answer?  I had to honestly answer yes because I am one of those people who can’t read a book without flicking to the end to check what’s going to happen.  Astonishing, 60% (or rather 59.52%) replied yes as well, with the remaining 40% saying no.  A remarkable number admitted to reading the ending first on a regular basis, maintaining that they did not mind spoilers, and they stated that knowing where a book was heading actually enhanced their reading enjoyment.

Let me pose another question.  “Have you ever read a book and then gone to watch it in the cinema?”  Imagine you are sitting comfortable in your seat when the music suddenly heightens everyone’s senses.  It comes to the part where something threatening happens.  Those around you gasp at the crisis on the screen.  You, however, remain poised with popcorn in hand.  Why?  You have read the book.  You know the ending.

Recently I was watching a DVD with my family at home and I must admit that after about twenty minutes I Google-searched how it all panned out.  Since I knew the ending (I didn’t tell anyone), I was no longer agonizing over the hero’s fate.  So now I could enjoy the camera angles, musical score and scenery in a whole new way.  In fact, even when things became tense, I could relax and enjoy, since I knew the finish.  I had knowledge of the end of the movie, so whatever happened beforehand, I was at peace.

God has the eternal perspective on your life.  He views things from an eternal angle.  He knows “the end from the beginning”.

“For I know the plans I have for you.” Declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

God views your life with confidence.  We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.  Enjoy the journey and stay poised with peace.