Alpha and Omega - All the Things
We’re continuing our look at the Names of God with Alpha and Omega. You don’t actually get to this exact phrase until Revelation, which was a surprise to me. And not just surprising, but a little intimidating. I mean, who doesn’t want to write on Revelation, right? Allow me to share some encouragement from this most intimidating book of the Bible.
Revelation 1:8 says, “'I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” Pop on over to chapter 22, verse 13 and you get a little more: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and omega is the last. If Jesus were speaking to us, in English, he would be saying something like, “I’m everything, A to Z.” Everything. The beginning and the end and all the things in between. He has always been here and will always be here. There’s great comfort in that thought. John 1:3 (The Message) puts it a different way: “Everything was created through him; nothing – not one thing! – came into being without him.”
When researching this topic, I found a sermon on the Desiring God website that I really wanted to share a piece of. John Piper wrote these words and they hit me hard. “God is not a piece of reality that you try to fit in with other pieces. He is the first and the last and the all-encompassing reality: "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
So we know what this name tells us about the character of God. Now what do we do with that? How does it change us to be reminded that God is in everything from beginning to end? I think that answer changes among different women, and even changes through the ebb and flow of our own lives. What is going on in your own life that you needed to find God in? Christians live our lives really taking for granted that God is always there, but often without noticing it. You know He’s there, but do you KNOW it?
I’ve had a hard week or so. It has probably been harder because I’ve been so wrapped up in my own stuff that I have forgotten to look for God in the mess. It is embarrassing to admit that, but it won’t get better if I don’t acknowledge it. Being a mom is hard and we’re in a rough phase right now with one child in particular. And we’re potty training one (prayers appreciated). I’ve been having some medical tests that aren’t a lot of fun. And I’m trying to navigate a damaged relationship that has knocked the breath out of me.
None of these situations are unique. Every person reading this has been through some or all of the things I’m describing. But the thing that I’ve missed is asking for help from the One who can help. Or just talking through it with Him. How did I get so involved in the mess that I forgot I have access to the Alpha and Omega?
To be reminded that we know and are loved by the One who is the Beginning and the End of EVERYTHING? That is powerful stuff y’all. There is nothing He hasn’t seen. I saved my favorite reference for last. Revelation 21:6 says, “He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.’” Ladies, I’m thirsty. Are you? Drink up!