Does God know how each of us ends up?

When we pray it’s to a God who already knows how we end up, because in Revelation 21:6 he’s the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. We’re praying to a God, then, who can be at the starting line and the finishing line of every human journey – and he can run alongside us – all at the same time.

So when I’m floundering around in panic not knowing what the future holds or how things are going to end up in my life, he’s already been where I’m going, or as David phrased it in Psalm 139:4-5 (The Message), “You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too,” and in verses 14-15, “Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth, all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

David had a handle on this concept of God having already seen and been at every stage of his life before David was even born, and of God being on hand for him as he went through each stage of life as well. The author of Hebrews also understood this concept in Hebrews 12:2, when he wrote, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.” Not only, then, did Jesus get us started on our journey, he’s at the finishing line celebrating our success before we knew the race had begun.

So when I’m crying out in despair for some sort of solution, relief or strength to carry on – as if the future is nothing but bleak – God isn’t seeing things as bleak at all.

The way he sees things is in Isaiah 46:9-10 – “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure.’”

So yes, God knows exactly how things end up. He can pinpoint with total accuracy what’s going to happen before what’s going to happen has started. And notice how it’s his “good pleasure” too, meaning the end he’s already formed is good. It’s not in the least bit bleak. It may seem bleak in our immediate future, but God reassures us that in the end it all works out beautifully, because he’s the Omega; he’s been there at the end already and seen it – and it’s good.

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