Not long ago, Beth and I watched a television show in which viewers were allowed to phone in their vote to determine how that episode would end. And that’s how it is in life. We don’t get to choose how we start, but we do get to choose how we end. The ending didn’t go well for these famous people: Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, and Amy Winehouse.
They missed the truth that helped British preacher John Wesley soar through life, and then enjoy a great landing. Wesley lived from 1703 to 1791. He travelled 250,000 miles by horseback and preached 40,000 sermons. As he lay on his deathbed, he gathered his family around him and summoned the strength to speak his last words.
Wesley sat up for his last 60 seconds of life and whispered, “Best of all, God is with us. Best of all, God is with us.” And then he died.
You didn’t choose your journey’s beginning, but you can choose how it ends. And you don’t have to walk it alone. Trust the words of a dying saint. “Best of all, God is with us.”
Thousands of years ago, we were given this promise in Scripture. “You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other” (Deuteronomy 4:35). It is good to know that the Lord is God. It is better to know that there is no other. But “best of all, God is with us.”