By Jill Briscoe
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.” ~ Revelation 1:11
You know – He knows something we don’t know. How good of God to shield the future from us! How could we live well or sleep easily if we knew the death we’d die, the child who would go wrong, the house that would burn to the ground, or the poverty we might be brought to? Our language is full of words like maybe, perhaps, and someday. But He knows something we don’t know; His language consists of “shall be” and “will be” because He knows ahead, while we but “know behind.”
To know Him who knows the “something we don’t know” is comfort indeed. Knowing all, He waits ahead for us, surprising us with steady provisions of His love. I am so glad that when I married I did not know my husband would travel so much, my daughter would have a bad accident, and I would have a serious car crash. If I had known, I would have worried for months before my husband began his itinerant ministry, would have been an overprotective mother, and would never have bothered to get my driver’s license! It is enough that God knows. He does not send me into my future alone, but waits for me to meet Him there.
I praise Him for the things He has been at the first and for the things He will be at the last, and I will try to remember—He knows something I don’t know.
Lord, I do not know my future. But I know that You do, and You have been there in all the situations that have “surprised” me so far in my life. You were there to comfort me and give me Your peace when I turned to You in the difficult times. You were also there when the “surprise” was a wonderful, relieving, joyful time. Help me to stay close to You, stay in Your word, stay in prayer, so that when I meet You in my future I can walk with You through that “surprise” as well. Amen