“Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.”
Everybody has a beginning and an end, and the beginning of everyone is small. The desire of everyone should be to get to the point where they are doing something great for God. As a young boy, I always wanted God to do something great through my life, and that desire still burns within my heart. However, several things will occur between the small beginning and the end of great increase.
First, between the beginning and great increase is a realization of the shortness of time. Verses 8-9 shows that time is as a shadow; it is here, and then it is gone. Life is brief, and the longer you put off starting something, the harder it becomes to see the increase that God wants to give you. There is no better time to start what God wants you to do than now. Every day that you wait for everything to fall into place is a day that is wasted. Those whom God uses the greatest are those who don’t wait for everything to fall into place. God uses those the most who step out by faith and start what He wants them to do because time is short.
Second, between the beginning and great increase is time. There is no quick road to great increase, but there is time for you to learn what you need to do for greater increase. In other words, God allows you to grow with the increase He gives you. According to verse 10, time teaches you for the road ahead.
Third, between the beginning and great increase are hard times. God asks in verse 11, “Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?” Nobody ever gets to great increase without going through some mire in life. Hard times are good for you, and they are often the key to getting to the great increase. Too many people quit while in the mire of life when, if they had continued, they would have seen that the mire is what God uses to promote them to great increase.
Fourth, walking the right paths is between the beginning and great increase. In verses 13-14, God shows the importance of walking down the right path. You will never get to God blessings by walking down a pathway to sin; rather, you only get to the blessings of increase by doing right.
My friend, your beginning doesn’t determine your end; your character determines and defines it. Just because you have a small beginning doesn’t mean that it has to be your end. Also, just because your beginning was bad doesn’t mean that it has to define your end. There is much time between your starting point and the end; use that time wisely so that God can make your end better than your beginning.
Moreover, patience in the process is the key to increase. Too many people give up on the process before the time of increase. You can’t give up on what God wants you to do because continuing the process is what brings you to the increase. Don’t expect immediate results. The process of doing right takes time to bring the increase; don’t change courses before God uses the process to deliver increase.
Furthermore, continuing in the process of increase is what leads to great increase. Don’t ever stop at the increase, but continue doing what brought the increase so that you can see great increase. If you continue doing what brought God’s blessings, you will find that those blessings will greatly increase.