The Alpha and Omega—the Beginning and the End

Steve Petroelje

Read: Revelation 21:6 7, 22:12 14

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (22:13)

Believers can celebrate that there is no beginning or ending without God. He is never absent from our pain or rejoicing. In fact, he promises in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” What a comfort to know that the loving hand of God is holding, supporting, and carrying us through the beginnings and endings and each moment in between. From a child’s first cry to a parent’s final breath. From the moment we say “I do” to the point a marriage ends. From the first day of school, the start of a new job, and the blooming flowers of spring to the day we graduate, retire, or feel the cold winter wind. If we have repented of our sin and trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, our Savior’s words hold true: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

The end of a relationship, season, dream, or life brings sorrow. The end of guilt and shame brings peace. As hard as the endings are, we serve a God who restores and makes all things new (Rev. 21:5). In times of change, remember new life and fresh starts. Until that glorious day when we come to the new heaven and new earth, may you follow the Alpha and Omega and devote yourself to serving him in every season of life.

Thank you, Lord, for loving and upholding me through the beginnings and endings I face in life. Amen.