Day 12

I Am the Alpha and the Omega

from the I Am: Statements of Our Savior reading plan

Revelation 22:1-21, Isaiah 44:6-11, 48:12-16, Colossians 1:15-20

BY Erin Davis

Age has taught me that I don’t need a smaller view of my problems—I need a bigger view of God. Few truths comfort me more than the fact that God is infinite. He extends indefinitely in all directions; past and present, before and behind. Though the thought is truly mind boggling, Scripture is clear: He has always been.

God has no beginning, no point of origin. There was no “before” Him. There can never be an “after.” No one breathed life into His lungs, and no one can take His life from Him. “He is before all things, and by him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). He is both the first and the last (Isaiah 44:6). He is “the Alpha and the Omega… the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). He was and He is, and is He coming again (Revelation 1:4).

Though God created time, He stands outside of it. Since my finite mind cannot grasp His expanse, I like to think of Him like a paper-towel-roll God. Go ahead, grab the empty paper towel roll from your kitchen counter to see what I mean. Hold it up. Look at it from end to end and consider this: This is God’s view of our lives.

The Alpha and Omega existed before us. He will exist long after our earthly days are done. He can effortlessly see our lives from beginning to end, like glancing through a cardboard tube. This means our infinite God stands outside of temporary troubles. There is no heartache that can outlast Him, and no hurt He wasn’t around to see.

But as vast and incomprehensible as our Creator God is, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to put on flesh and dwell with us, to die for us, and to save us from sin and death. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:15–16).

A bigger view of God turns my heart toward worshiping Him. That worship often boomerangs back as peace within my own heart. Every fear and worry we will face today, every insult and besetting sin—everything is fleeting. The things of this world are already circling the drain. Our lives are just a blip on the timeline of eternity, yet each of us matters to Him, our Creator. God, in contrast, is the end-all-be-all, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Today we can rest in His goodness and constancy. We can rest in His power and His “bigness,” and that is no small thing.

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30 thoughts on "I Am the Alpha and the Omega"

  1. Audrey Flores says:

    How great He is the beginning and end of everything?! While reading I felt convicted that I don’t always start my day with Him. I don’t put Him first I put myself first. When I do read His word in the morning is it to get it out of the way or to spend quality time with Him? Thank you Lord for showing me grace and how I need to change to better love you!!

  2. Hillary Handy says:

    I love this. The imagery in Revelation is so wonderful to imagine. My daughter (10) frequently has asked how God got here. This is something that I can wrap my own mind around let alone to explain it to her. Any theological viewpoints that I could give her in an age appropriate way?

  3. Patty S says:

    As I read over today’s comments, comments…screaming pleas for help, really…in another online study I participate in, and looking back at the events of my own past week, I am thunderstruck by the absolute desperation expressed by women of God. How is it we love this Alpha and Omega God, yet look at seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our lives? Personally, why must I give into feelings of anger at the dentist’s office when told I need another $3000 of work when I’m still paying off the $4000 from six months ago? Why did I just read online three horrific stories about women being abandoned by their husbands (Christian women). John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

    So here is my takeaway. We live in this fallen world. We have been warned…many times. And many more times we have been assured by our Alpha and Omega God, our God-Vine, our God of Truth and Life, our Resurrection and Bread of Life, through our Good Shepherd Son and His Father-God, that He is with us, will never forsake us and has prepared a place of us. Can I see this, believe this, cling to this, return to it when my feet stray from that solid rock? Sisters, my prayer today is that I can and I will. By leaning into Him, day by day, minute by minute. By His Spirit, not my strength. Through surrender. Selah. Amen.

  4. Melissa Graves says:

    Yes, Churchmouse. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

  5. Alexis says:

    Kelly- I will pray for your healing and that the hives on your body vanish completely.

    Angie- I will pray for your friends as they move on from the ministry and that they do not lose hope; keeping their eyes on God as He lays the path before them.

    Love to you, sisters.

  6. Maura says:

    Praying for you Kelly. Thanking the Lord for you and asking for healing, whether it be wisdom from your doctor’s or just the touch of Jesus that you would be free from this pain and condition. Also praying for your friend Angie, may God them peace as they step in faith to what He is leading them too. May what is such a sacrifice become glory to our God and may they see all of His faithfulness as they move forward. In Jesus name may His love abound.

  7. Whitney Rollins says:

    Wow, I needed this today. Today, I am struggling with the sleep deprivation that comes with having a newborn. We had a rough night and this morning I just prayed that God would renew me. I am thankful that God is bigger than my small problems and everything in this life is temporary.

  8. Ann says:

    Praying for you Kelly.

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