When we come to the end of something, we think it’s over but it’s just the beginning.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

The Lord is the beginning, Alpha, and the ending, Omega. Sometimes what we see as the end is because things didn’t turn out like we expected or hoped. From the beginning there have been things of God that are a mystery, but he has a purpose. He wants us to have confidence in him by faith in what seems like our endings. He wants us to look to him for our strength and grace, to know that he has power to “do exceeding abundantly above” what we ask or think.

Ephesians 3:9-21 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ…In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Before Jesus rose from the grave, his death seemed like an end to his disciples. When he rose from the grave, there was a new beginning. We can’t control change that happens all around us. We need to fully surrender to God so we can let him help us. That’s where his strength and grace is found to help us through our trials.

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

When you don’t know what to do, the fear of the Lord is a good beginning to find the answer.

Psalm 110:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

When it seems like there’s an end, there is really a new beginning. Naomi went to Moab with her husband. They had two sons, then her husband died. Her sons married but then they died. This seemed like an end to Naomi. She told her daughters-in-law to go back to their families because she had no more sons to give them.

Ruth 1:11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

Naomi had an ending because her husband died, but there was a new beginning because Ruth was going to Judah with her.

Ruth 1:16-17 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

Ruth went behind the harvesters in the field of Boaz. She married Boaz and became the great grandmother of David. God used Ruth because she was steadfast to go with her mother-in-law and that Naomi’s God would be her God.

Ruth 4:21-22 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Joseph’s brothers threw him in a pit and sold him to Midianite merchants. This must have seemed like an end to Joseph, but he became a slave with a new beginning as the servant of Potiphar.

Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Joseph was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and was sent to prison. This was another end for Joseph but he found a new beginning in the prison where God showed him mercy. The prison keeper put him in charge of the other prisoners.

Genesis 39:21-22 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison…

Joseph had a good attitude and didn’t look at things as hopeless when he was in prison. Joseph interpreted the butler and baker dreams in prison, he told the butler to tell Pharaoh about him but the butler forgot so it seemed like the end of it.

Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

After two years the butler remembered to tell Pharaoh about Joseph. Now there was a new beginning when Pharaoh put Joseph in charge over the land of Egypt. Joseph didn’t get bitter about what his brothers did, so he was able to help them and save their lives when they came to Egypt for food. He confidently trusted God in his endings and beginnings.

Genesis 45:5-8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been…yet there are five years…God sent me before you to preserve you…to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God…

Jesus suffered and died for us. He knew the end of his life wasn’t an end for us, but it was a beautiful beginning for us.

Mark 14:36…Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup…nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Saul was consenting to Stephen’s death which seemed like an end.

Acts 7:59-8:1 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried…Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church…all scattered abroad…except the apostles.

There was an end of Saul and a beginning of who we know as the apostle Paul. Saul caused Christians to be slaughtered, but in his new life as Paul, he suffered for the Lord’s sake and to help souls.

Acts 9:1-6 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter…went unto the high priest, And desired…letters…if he found any of this way…he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed…there shined…a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard…Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks…said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?…

The Lord is near those with a broken heart who have come to the end of themselves.

Psalm 34:18-20 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all…

We may have to endure difficulties and opposition but we need to push past them to see the beginning at the other side.

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mark 13:13…ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

We have a promise to reign with Christ.

Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

A seed ends when a new plant begins. When we come to something that seems like the end, we have to push through feelings to see a new beginning. If we feel like we failed, we have to push past our feelings to be confident and trust God.

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ…whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Helene Goble)