The last chapter has been written, and we win!
There is no permanent victory for the devil. Ever. Imagine Satan’s response, thinking that he’d won a final victory when the Messiah was crucified only to realize the trouble he was in three days later. There are a couple of things that are guaranteed to you. First, every situation where you have ever experienced the devourer—the one who kills, steals and destroys—will be worked for your benefit (see Romans 8:28). Did God design your suffering? No. It wasn’t His idea, but He’s so big that He can win with any hand. He will take any situation that comes into our lives with affliction and turn it around for our blessing.
Here’s the second thing: our God is the God of vengeance (see Psalm 94:1). There’s no such thing as the devil having the final say in anything. That beast will be silenced and there will be absolute vindication for every moment of infirmity, affliction, torment, pain, and temptation you’ve ever experienced.
God draws near in judgment (see Malachi 3:5) not to condemn us, but to judge the powers of hell. There will be vindication. Even if you don’t see it all in this world, there’s just a thin veil that separates this world from eternity. You will have the pleasure of seeing the vindication of God for every single bit of loss you’ve ever experienced.
Finally, Romans 8:18 (NASB) says, “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” It is not worthy of comparison. Whatever difficulty you have experienced or are currently experiencing, it cannot be compared to the glory that will be revealed in you, on you, and through you. Like Bob Mumford said, “I read the last chapter, and we win.”
Have you seen God redeem situations in your life in the past? List them out, remembering His faithfulness. If you were to write a final chapter of your life—filled with God’s vindication—what would it look like?