September 04, 2019

The Alpha and the Omega

Revelation 1:7-8

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him. . . .”

—  Revelation 1:7

In the book of Revelation, God wants us to embrace a world bigger than the one that ends at the tip of our nose. We learn to see a bigger world because God speaks and reveals that he is “the Alpha and the Omega . . . who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” It is a humbling experience to stand in the presence of the Lord Almighty. Before this God, we learn to know our true selves. God is the Almighty, and by comparison we are small. Regardless of our strengths or weaknesses, we must learn to see ourselves standing before the Lord.

Yet when our eyes are opened to God’s being God Almighty, our world becomes a big place. We gain more than a glimpse of the present moment. We learn to live in the expectation of Jesus’ coming again to make all things new. Every moment is filled with longing for the day when God, in Christ, will bring the fullness of his salvation to every part of his creation.

Today we are invited to live in the presence of the Lord God Almighty. His promise to come again fills our day with the prayer “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in ­heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,” that I may live in the joy of your awesome presence. Amen.

About the author — Jim Poelman

Pastor Jim Poelman and his wife, Linda, served five churches in Ontario and British Columbia for thirty-nine years. They enjoy family gatherings with their extended household of children and grandchildren—29 members in all—often creating lots of happy noise.

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