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

  1. Erica Johnson says:

    By reversing the title I AM and ask yourself AM I ?? AM I a good sharperd?

    After reading this I challenged myself to imagine what GOD was seeing when he looked through that papertowel holder.

  2. Andie Battles says:

    “ There is no heartache that can outlast him and no hurt he cannot see” After reading Revelation, Isaiah and Colossians…..whew! In light of who He is and what he has done, that he always has been and always will be, he never ends. It brings me to my knees in humble adoration. What a great way to end this study.

  3. Mariah Simeroth says:

    I love the perspective of “we don’t need a smaller view of our problems, we need a bigger view of God.” Definitely feeling that conviction!

  4. Allison Sherwood says:

    I loved the paper towel exercise! It’s such an astounding vision to roll out the paper from end to end and then realize that God is BIGGER! Amen!

  5. Sarah Jenkins says:

    I’m in tears as I read this. . .the first time I have opened the Bible since I delivered my baby three days ago. . .we are in NICU and this is such a blessed assurance that God’s got her ❤

  6. Karen says:

    Love the opener! It was like someone grabbing my shoulders, looking me in the eye and lovingly reminding me how small my problems are when laid at the feet of my God!

    Kelly, Have they checked your thyroid? . Recently had an incidental finding of a mass on my thyroid from a CT for something else. I had no idea what all the thyroid affected but have read hives could be caused by thyroid issues.

  7. Courtney says:


    I pray for your friends and hope that God will make clear to them the path that He intends for them to take. And then, trusting in Him, I pray that they will be at peace with their decision.

  8. Monica Davis says:

    Magnify an infinite God! Amen great study

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