“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8
If we really think about it, we might some day begin to realize that God is in all things, everywhere, in all time. It’s a hard concept! We tend to think in terms of what WE can do and place God into those human restrictions of movement, space, and time. Yet, God will not be contained. God is the beginning of all time and the end of all time.
Many people have tried to decipher the book of Revelations, placing their own interpretation of what will happen in the end times. Yet, we are reminded in several places in the Bible that no one knows when the end will come – only God. I suppose our human “need to know” keeps us second-guessing, but over and over again, we have been shown that we simply can’t out-guess God.
People in all ages have tried to out-guess God. The story of the Tower of Babel was a demonstration of people trying to be on the same level as God. Of course, God thwarted their efforts. There are countless times when humanity has attempted to be on the same plane as God, and it just doesn’t work.
Our work is to live in this in-between time – between the beginning and the end. It may the beginning and end of our own lives or the beginning and end of the world. The objective is to live the best life we can live making a difference in the world through acts of kindness, compassion, tolerance, acceptance, and sharing God’s love. We do that because we believe that this God loved us enough to send Jesus to die for our sins and be raised from the dead so we could have life forever.
The beginning – Alpha – and the end – Omega in Greek. How will we live our lives to serve God in this in-between time? Let us draw closer to God and one another; let us learn from each other and reach out to others; let us live as if each day is our last and trusting that when the end comes, God is there, even as God was there in the beginning. Blessings!