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The End Is Better than the Beginning

The End Is Better than the Beginning

I. The End of Job’s Life
A. Job pleads his integrity and unfairness of his suffering
1. Job 27:5–6 “Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. 6“I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.
B. God Answers Job
1. Job 38:1–4 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2“Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3“Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
a. Job 40:1–2 Then the Lord said to Job, 2“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”
b. Job 40:6–9 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said, 7“Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8“Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9“Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His?
C. Jas 5:11 We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
D. Maturity
1. Focus on the important
a. The brevity of life
b. The blessing of health
c. The importance of family
d. The reign of God
e. Humility — Appreciation of God’s greatness

II. Universal Principle: God Repays in Greater Measure
A. We never suffer more than God blesses
1. We never give more than God returns
2. Not a prosperity gospel – that’s what Job’s friends would preach
3. God more than balances scales in our favor
a. Not on our schedule and demand – but ultimately
b. For Job’s life to illustrate the point, returning family and material blessings was clearest manifestation of God’s grace
B. Ec 7:8–10 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
C. Most true in the Kingdom of God
1. Mk 10:29–31 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31“But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”
D. Limitation of Principle: End of evil is not better than beginning
1. Ga 6:7–10 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
2. Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
E. God does more than we expect
1. Eph 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
2. Ro 2:6–8 who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.

III. Different Applications of the Principle
A. Grace and Mercy
1. Lk 6:36–38 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
B. How you look at the world
1. Mk 8:34–37 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37“For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
2. Life is about what happens at the end
C. Money contributions
1. 2 Co 9:7–11