"My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my hand shall be over thee."
This seems cool and comforting to me this morning... in mortality, we're stuck seeing things pretty much linearly, and it is hard to see why the NOW options are less good than the eternal options sometimes. We work on our perspective, remembering at least short term that getting into an argument might be satisfying and not hurt us today, but it will down the line if we want to have a good relationship with this friend, family member, or coworker... and so many other now/later choices. But no matter how much we get that perspective down, and remember to focus on the long-term, we're very limited in what we can discern. We're still in the middle chapters of our story, and it is hard to see the ending... but God knows the end from the beginning. He knows exactly how things turn out, and what will happen, and with that perspective, he can help us through even the darkest nights, the toughest challenges, and the seemingly hopeless obstacles that we run into during the current chapter. He knows already how we eventually break those bonds, or escape the prison, or defeat the monster. And he can help us now, when we don't see any way out of the chains. Today, even if life seems hopeless and impossible in some way, let's remember that our sight is limited, and God will always give us a way to find the answers. He loves us and wants us to triumph in our story.