Expected End – Wednesday, January 19, 2022

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you – 1 Peter 5:10


“We still got a long way to go,” Marcus announced.  “Yep!” Steve concurred.  “And it’s going to seem like forever dealing with this climate.”  “That’s why each morning I cross out the previous day with a black marker and draw a happy face to remind me it’ll be over in another two months.”  “Wait!  I’m talking about the unpleasant environment because of our acting manager for the next six months.  What are you referring to?” Marcus questioned.  “Winter!  That’s what this calendar is for.  And the one for the acting manager decorated with frowned faces is in my drawer,” Steve responded.

I recalled, while writing the above scenario, my former work office and how it contained posters and inspirational messages about endurance and getting through wildernesses.  One of my favorites was: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).  It comforted me back then when needed and it comforts me now, as I face certain issues knowing they won’t last.     

Maybe you are going through winter, but not the weather type, and you are wondering when it will end.  I encourage you to meditate on Jeremiah 29:11 and believe God is speaking to you about your situation.  Focus on “to give you an expected end” and allow it to minister to your soul.