GOD'S TIMELINE

by CharlesRobey
(Trussville, AL USA)

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves," (Psalm 100:1-5)


Do you know what the Greek symbols Alpha and Omega mean? In (Revelation 21:6) God identifies himself as "Alpha and Omega." Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. In other words God is the beginning and the end of all things.

These all-important Greek symbols, of the beginning and the end, are a doctrinal capsule of our living Creator's power. Our living God, being the beginning and the end of all things, provides proof that He was always in existence and He will always be in existence. In other words, He was, He is, and He will always be here. (Revelation 1:8)

I realize it's hard to wrap our minds around the fact that God has always been here. For eons of immeasurable years God existed with no beginning. In other words, there was none before Him. (Psalm 90:2)

And with the very precise particular period of time, God created His clearly defined heavens and earth. (Genesis 1:1)

By the same token, He will become the very end. He will be the end for the righteous as well as the unrighteous.

So if God is the beginning and the end, what does that logically make us as human beings? Simply put, that makes us not the beginning, nor the end, but somewhere in the middle. And being in the middle of life's span, we can't correct our past, but we can certainly effect our now and our future.

Yes, hindsight is 20/20. In other words, this old proverb means that it is easier to see things that have already happened than to know what will happen. Or maybe it is better to learn from the past than to try to predict the future.

I don't know how many times I have overheard this statement, "If only I could just go back to my past, what a difference I could make."

It is human nature, outside of God's divine sovereign guidance, for individuals to not live by looking to an eternal purpose or real reason of the principles of life.

If we live only for ourselves, we then live as if ourselves are the only motive for all that we do, Thus, our reason for living takes us off God's timeline and puts us in a circle, so to speak.

Humanly speaking, we have no beginning, nor do we have any end. Our life becomes an endless circle of discontent, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and disgruntled displeasure, to say the least.

This psychology however, can surely be changed from a hopelessly inept lifestyle, to becoming fundamentally an instrument for His sovereign will, serving Him by our love and adhering to His doctrinal purposes. Then, and only then, will we find a reason and purpose for our existence. Then, and only then, can we get out of life's ungodly circle.

We need to simply return to God's timeline of life. Not looking back but moving forward. Instead of being somewhere in the middle and not looking back but looking ahead and focusing on the future, by taking advantage of His eternal power, His purpose, and His love for our lives.

How may we do this? Simply take one day at a time, by living today in a state of obedience to His sovereign will for our lives. Make Him the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of our life.

And in appropriating this mindset, we take advantage of His Spirit, His life and His

blessings. Take advantage of the blessings of the Alpha and the Omega, His beginning and His end.

We know, based on His Scripture, that God is not only a God of faithful love, but a God of fairness, of impartiality, and a God of justice.

Are you out of touch with your Creator God? Are you outside of God's timeline, and in the middle of the world's circle of hopelessness, being exposed to all the elements of life? Are you experiencing money issues, marriage problems, workplace stress, and simply being treated badly by the forces of evil? (Ephesians 6:12)

Therefore, I ask you, what is really guiding you? Where and who are you looking to for direction? Unsure, you may say. Well, I have a solution to any of life's problem's you might encounter or that you bring on yourself. You may lay yourself open to them, or you might think that you deserve all these troubles.

This solution is simply the Word of God. Amen. "I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You." (Psalm 119:11)

So why not get out of that bubble or circle of life's problems and back on God's timeline by: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead? (Philippians 3:13)

You see, the Scripture makes it clear, you may have not yet arrived, but you are still very much in the race of life. (Philippians 3:12) Amen!

Author's Postscript

Once, when I found myself overwhelmed with the problems of life, I went straight to God's Word. I took the book of Proverbs, the book that was written by the wisest human being who ever lived, King Solomon, and I meditated on one chapter a day for a month of thirty-one days. This insight into God's Word had a lasting impact on my life. (Job 32:8) If you are having a similar conflict, I recommend you do the same.

You see, the Bible has always held a special place in the Christian faith. From the time of the writing of the first books of the Old Testament in the days of Moses until modern times of the church, the Holy Scriptures have been regarded by all Christian theologians as the unique and incomparable inspired Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16)

I realize that the writing styles, the human characteristics, the vocabularies, and the modes of thought are often displayed in the styles of each of the authors. Nonetheless, in all cases, the supernaturally inspired words that God intended them to use and the original accuracy and infallibility of the Scripture were given by God's Holy Spirit. (II Peter 1:20-21)

Have you opened your Bible today? If not, why not? By faith, it will take you from life's cruel circle to God's timeline of grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Then, and only then, will you not go back from where you came.

I WON'T GO BACK

I won't go back from where I came
Back to a life of guilt and shame
I won't go back from where I came
Back to playing that wicked game
I won't go back from where I came
Back to all others who I gave blame
I won't go back from where I came
Back to evils made-up hall of fame
I won't go back from where I came

I won't go back from where I came
For His grace and mercy I now claim
I won't go back from where I came
For His word I will forever proclaim
I won't go back from where I came
For His witness to all I will now aim
I won't go back from where I came
For to His love I will lovingly claim
I won't go back from where I came

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