Devotional

 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13.

In today’s world, meals are cooked within minutes and whole conversations happen within the exchange of just a few text messages. We are a culture of instant gratification. So hope and faith are needed when the fulfillment of a promise doesn’t happen instantly. It’s hard to wait and hope for the answer when something isn’t done instantly and conveniently. People aren’t used to having to wait, but waiting is something God expects you to do. One example is Abraham: God’s promise to him took several decades to come to pass. We all want God to fulfill His plan in our lives. But typically, it doesn’t happen in our timetable. So what do we do when we are waiting? We simply need to keep believing that nothing in His plan will ultimately harm us, and everything in His plan will ultimately be better for us. (Romans 8:28)

When serving God, failure is never the end; it can be the starting point of a comeback. Here is why it is so important that we trust Him. God knows the beginning from the end and everything in between. Isaiah 46:10 says, “Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” He knows ahead of time, the setbacks I will encounter and the choices and actions I will take.  He knows I will fail.  Often setbacks and circumstances in our lives take us from what’s “oh so familiar” and redirected our paths into the unfamiliar.  You don’t understand what’s happening in your life; what to do or where to go. But God knows where you are and where you need to go and the best thing for us to do is hold onto His promises.

Remember what Revelation 22:13 says, “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Only God can say that.  So when you don’t understand what God is doing in your life, consider the source. We are fallible; we fall short and at times we’re unable to keep our promises.  People can give us instructions that are misleading and imperfect.  With God, none of these things are possible.   

No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up.  If God is with you –  the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who is and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world is with you, then ask yourself who or what can stand against you.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to trust God? What is the difference between passive trust and active trust?
  2. What makes it so difficult to fully trust God?