Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools. Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.Ecclesiastes 7:8-10
Solomon hits hard with the kind of perspective we all need when it feels like our world and our foundation and our norms are being shaken, rewritten, broken, stolen away. If we are looking back at what came before with a discontent heart, frustrated at God’s providence, we are not acting in wisdom, but selfishness. It is God who has given us this “new norm.” Let us embrace it!
Let us keep from the anger that so often rises within us when we feel we have lost control. We should be playing the long game, as Solomon says here—the most glorious point of anything is the end of it, when it comes to completion. Whether a project, a journey, or a trial, reaching the end takes wisdom, patience, and a perspective that leans on God and his goodness.
Lord, give us that perspective!
The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!