Jan8WedJanuary 8, 2020
ALPHA AND OMEGA
I recently heard a teenager comment that 2019 went by quickly. Little does he know how very fast the years start to go by the older you get!
How do you feel, looking back at last year? Sometimes our perspective can affect our emotions going forward into this new year. Some people experienced relational struggles, perhaps deteriorating health or some unexpected difficulties last year. It can become tempting to develop fear, resentment or bitterness. It takes a Biblical perspective and a personal decision to look at the past year's struggles and be at peace.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Can you look back and see how Jesus was with you, helping you in the midst of last year’s troubles? Can you remember when you felt his peace? Sometimes we forget all that the Lord has done and then lose sight of Jesus being with us all the time.
Psalm 23 reminds us that even while we follow the Lord, “valleys” will come and go, but He is always with us. Jesus said that He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 22:13), He is the beginning and the end.
The Lord was there the day you were born. He was with you the day you began school, the day you were married as well as the days you felt pain or were hurt. He was there every day and is with you now. He knows what you have gone through your entire life. When we remind ourselves that Jesus helped us last year, perhaps we can be quicker to remember that He is here to help us all this year as well!
When Lazarus reached the end of his life, Jesus displayed God’s power by raising him back to life. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega! He was there in the beginning and He will be there in the end. Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Jesus always has a new start in mind for us.
We can cast all our cares on Jesus because He is our good Shephard who cares for us. We can begin this New Year with expectations of God’s help as troubles come and troubles go. Since this year will seem to go by faster than last year, can you already see how God is helping you? He always has and He always will.
Thank you, Jesus, for the peace you give and for your promise to be with us no matter what may come all throughout this year.