When phrases are repeated in Scripture, it is very important to take notice. For example, several passages in Scripture identify God as the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. These terms teach that He has always been and always will be. This is hard for us to comprehend because our minds find it difficult to fathom unlimited time. When did God begin? Well, He did not begin, He just has always been. No start, no finish.
A name of God I recently discovered is El Olam, which means “Everlasting God.” Life begins and ends with God. When we took our first breath, God was already there. When we take our last breath, God will still be there. Of this we can be certain. God spoke just a word, and the world came into existence.
I found it interesting that these Names (Alpha, Omega, and El Olam) are connected. So, let us connect them one step further–to the concept of obedience. When we think of obedience, we can look to our ultimate example in Jesus Christ. As Philippians 2:8 (NKJV) says, He was “obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” El Olam, the Alpha and the Omega, eternal Son of God was obedient to death for joy. How? He knew the outcome, the end result. The reason He obeyed and sacrificed Himself for us was so we could live eternally with Him and because it pleased His Father.
Our Faith Conection for this week: As we enter this season of thanksgiving, consider joy as you meditate on the ultimate Example of obedience. Do you recognize an outcome of what He may ask of you? Though our physical existence is temporary, our spiritual existence is eternal. With or without our Everlasting God, our El Olam.
Heavenly Father, our El Olam, thank You for being obedient and eternal. May I recognize the activities of my day as temporary and with eternal significance based upon my obedience. In Your holy name, I pray. Amen.