Discovering God’s Names: Because He’s the Alpha & Omega, We Need Not Fear

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Rev. 22:13, NASB

In the writing world, many beginnings and endings occur. The way an article, a chapter—or in my case, a lesson—starts and finishes is of utmost importance. In fact, the entire book should draw the reader in immediately, retain his/her interest throughout, and close so the reader is satisfied but wanting more.

Did you know Jesus is the beginning and the end? He’s the Alpha and Omega. (Click to Tweet)

While the world began thousands of years ago, it’s degenerated so severely that many sense the end is near. Scripture teaches this truth and provides evidences for us to consider. And although Philippians 4 isn’t discussing end times, an interesting thought crossed my mind concerning verse 5: “Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” Instead of declaring the end is near, which carries an element of doom, Paul says, “The Lord is near.” He focuses on Jesus’ nearness. 

The apostle Paul includes this seemingly out of place phrase in the midst of his instructions. He inserts a reason and a hope for the ways we should think and behave: “The Lord is near.” Yes, the end is near, but in all reality, JESUS is the end, the Omega. He gives us purpose and hope as we look toward the future.

It’s easy these days to fear. Corruption, violence, wickedness, and more covers the earth. Like a suffocating blanket pulled over one’s head, the world’s evil sucks away our peace and makes it challenging to view the future with hope.

We must remember, “the Lord is near.” (Click to Tweet)

Jesus, the beginning of all we know, is the One who will finish everything. We need not fear the future. Rather, let’s look for Him each day. Let’s spend time getting to know Him more, following Him, and sharing His goodness with others.  When we concentrate on the truth of Christ’s nearness more than the world’s troubles, we possess a reason and a hope for all of our days between the beginning and the end. God encompasses all.

Knowing that Jesus comes before and after each side of eternity gives me peace. (Click to Tweet)

How about you, my friend? Do you find yourself rattled with worries and fears about tomorrow? May the Alpha and Omega fill you with peace, for we are secure in His embrace. HE is the end, whom we’ll enjoy forever.

The Lord is near…

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NOTE: I’ll be taking a blogging break Aug. 2 – Aug. 9. Please look for my next post, a Ministry Update, on Aug. 16. Love & blessings to you in Christ!

 

4 Replies to “Discovering God’s Names: Because He’s the Alpha & Omega, We Need Not Fear”

  1. Emily, I take great comfort in knowing that the Lord is the Alpha and the Omega and yet He never changes. And further, his mercies are new every morning. I’m mystified and totally enthralled! Thanks for the reminder.
    Blessings!
    Beckie from Spotlight, beckielindsey16.com

    1. Dear Beckie,

      You’re welcome, and thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts. I love that we never run out of wonderful truths to declare about our awesome God!

      Love to you in Christ,
      Emily

  2. Emily, I like your focus on “The Lord is near.” Thank you for an encouraging and comforting post, friend.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Dear Wendy,

      Thanks! So neat how God’s Word can apply in many different ways. I’m very honored to have you reading my posts ~ blessings to you in Christ.

      Much love in Him,
      Emily

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