It seems that the ending gets a disproportionate amount of focus.
Reference: v.16 “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”(TNIV Bible)
Explore: I love a good ending. Being an avid movie-goer, the ending is always pivotal in how I respond to the movie. If the movie is ok, but the ending is completely naff, then I would struggle to give it a positive rating. An ending can leave you feeling disappointed or complete. It seems that the ending gets a disproportionate amount of focus. The end is nothing unless it has been set up well right from the beginning. By the time we have got to the end we have forgotten where the story has started! But I can guarantee there is just as much (if not more) work that goes into a good beginning as in a good end.
Application: Throughout the Old Testament we hear about some amazing stories where, in the end, the almighty power of God moves in incredible ways. However, the end would not be so impressive if we didn’t have a beginning to the story. It is often the end results that we remember – those impressive miracles when God really comes through for His people – but it’s important not to forget where these stories began. As we read through Exodus we see the beginning of many stories – a people who are oppressed. And yet that is not the end… God does come through for these people, however, let’s not forget where they began. Even though they were chosen by God, even though He favoured this nation, they still went through difficult times. Sometimes our beginnings seem so small and insignificant, and yet God shows us that He can do mighty things… even with a small beginning.
Prayer: Lord, there are times when we feel so insignificant. Help us to recognise that you are present in our beginnings and all the way to the end. Amen.
Is there a small, insignificant beginning in your life? Dedicate it to God so that He can create a miraculous end.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.