John Lennon said, “Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.” I’ve often thought about that quote because I think it’s true. I said it once to a friend. She looked at me thoughtfully and then said, “I don’t believe that.” I haven’t been challenged on many things in my life so when she disagreed with me, I really had to step back and consider it. Life throws us challenges and hardships but I truly believe that everything always works out in the end. Maybe not in the way we intend, but if we’re Christians, certainly in the way God intends. So I thought about that through the lens of not being a Christian and I can see why my friend disagrees. If you’re not a believer and life deals you tough stuff, you have no hope. You try to muscle your way through things in your own strength. That is a heavy load to bear. No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (NIV) He will gladly take on our burdens if we let Him. In Proverbs 3:5 it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” If we take our worries and difficult circumstances to God, He will carry us through. Matthew 11:29 says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Even in the midst of the most tragic of circumstances, if we have faith we can turn to the Bible for God’s promises; and if we trust in His character, we have hope. The hope that God will equip us, that God will carry us, that His Son has already suffered the worst on our behalf and will walk alongside us. The hope that all things will one day be made new (see Rev. 21:1-8). To be without hope is a terrible place to be. Things might be difficult on this side of heaven. We live in a fallen world and bad things happen, but those who love God can trust in His promises. He doesn’t promise us our best life now, but he does promise that He will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He will get us through the tough times and He gives us hope that everything will indeed be ok in the end.
Billy Graham said, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.”
Yes, I can tell my friend, it is going to turn out all right. While we’re on earth we can let Jesus carry our burdens, let God wipe away our tears, lean on Him to fight our battles. When we get to heaven, Revelation 21:4 reveals, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Amen. Come Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)
Becki is a wife and mother of four girls who is passionate about God’s Word and telling others about the saving grace and love of Jesus Christ. For more from the book of Matthew you may enjoy our series Matthew’s Jesus: The Fulfillment . You can also listen to our Bible studies by tuning in to your favorite radio station, listening to our podcast on iTunes, or listening through TuneIn or Stitcher online radio.