God and Jesus: Beginning and End - 7 October 2021
By Carina Francke
- Isaiah 41:1-4
God says, “Be silent and listen to me, you distant lands! Get ready to present your case in court; you will have your chance to speak. Let us come together to decide who is right. “Who was it that brought the conqueror from the east, and makes him triumphant wherever he goes? Who gives him victory over kings and nations? His sword strikes them down as if they were dust. His arrows scatter them like straw before the wind. He follows in pursuit and marches safely on, so fast that he hardly touches the ground! Who was it that made this happen? Who has determined the course of history? I, the LORD, was there at the beginning, and I, the LORD, will be there at the end.
When life throws you a curve ball, your initial reaction is shock and disbelief. Especially when it does not budge and comes without any intention of leaving. I suppose that the exiled Israelites in Persia also experienced this doubt. It is in times like these that one tends to ask: “Where is God in these circumstances? Can’t he see that my legs are gradually giving way?”
And then God answers you himself. By means of the Word. The same way that he did with the prophet in Isaiah 41:1-4. He shared with prophet Isaiah that King Cyrus II of Persia would free the enslaved Israelites and enable them to return to Jerusalem – but only a 150 years later! (Read 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 for the story) Obviously, it raises questions. How is this possible? Who has done this and carried it through? God gives the answer to whomever wants to know: “I, the Lord – with the first of them and with the last – I am he.” (Isaiah 41:4)
Nothing has ever happened, or ever will happen without God’s knowledge and he already has a plan of action at hand. It might not be according to one’s plan or schedule, but the solution of one’s curve-ball experience starts and ends in and with the Lord. Your life also started with the Lord and will eventually come to an end in and with Him. Continually remember to ask yourself, ”Who determines my course? Who has done and carried through all the promises in the Word?” Then listen carefully to hear the answer: “I, the Lord – with the first of them and with the last – I am he.” (Isaiah 41:4)
He is the only one that exists indefinitely to indefinite times. He is first for ever. And in the end, He will still be the last – living and alive for ever!
Prayer: To the Lord, the first and the last: all gratitude, praise and honour be unto you. I am safe with you – my yesterday, today and all my future tomorrows, you Lord, hold safely in your hand. Amen