posted Oct 4, 2012, 7:37 AM by Dale Barnes
“The end of all things is near...“ (1 Pet. 4:7 NIV)  The apostle Peter penned these words about 2000 years ago.  It seems in every generation this is a fresh challenge. I believe it is appropriate; it keeps us “on our toes.”

The Bible does speak of the end in many ways. “It is appointed to men once to die.”  There is an end to our time in this present world.  This is a sure thing. However, we usually do everything in our power to prolong our stay, but it happens. It is not an end of our existence, but a transition. “After that to face judgment” (Heb.9:27)  Are we preparing for that ending?

“There is a way that seems right to a man;” the biblical proverb tells us, but “the end leads to death.” (He is not speaking of physical death (perhaps tragedy).  None us want our end to turn out like this.  Have you stopped and considered your way?  Have you given any thought to where your life is going?  The apostle is clear, when he says “whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.” (Gal.6:7) It always works that way! We need to consider the end!

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise” (Pr.19:20 NIV)  This verse encourages us toward humility and openness. The biblical quality of a wise man is humility.  He is open and willing to learn.  God says he will teach such a person. Honestly, seek understanding! Not only read your Bible, but ask questions, attend Bible studies.  “Seek and you shall find”, Jesus says.  We are encouraged to go for a good end to our lives.  It is coming, so go for God’s best.  You won’t be sorry in the end!