John’s Revelation ends the same way it began. I am the Alpha and Omega, says the Lord God (1:8). For the Christian, oppressed under Rome’s thumb, this is yet again a message of hope and an invitation to endure – but not just to endure – to endure with faith and hope.
This beast of yours, this Roman Empire... I was here before this great empire was even a thought, and I will be here long after it turns to dust... even after its dust ceases to be, I will be here.
Some of our problems that cropped up this year lasted a few weeks and were resolved. Some may still be dogging us, and if we were honest we might admit that sometimes we wonder if they’re going to get the best of us. The truth is: God was present and faithful before those problems came along, and God will be present and faithful long after they are gone.
What’s the name of the beast raging against you today?
When troubles seem overwhelming, hold on. God is on your side. That’s what Revelation is all about. Tell them, God may not have started this fight, but he sure can finish it!
Happy New Year!
TODAY’S MEDITATIONGod knows the troubles that have cropped up in your life this year. Some are already resolved, but some feel like they’re going to dog you the rest of your life. Your heavenly Father has been with you all this year. Affirm that he’ll be with you next year too. And together, there’s no enemy you can’t handle!