God knows the ending

“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish” (Isaiah 46:9-10, NLT).

The Passage of Time

One of the most fascinating things about God is he lives outside of space and time. He had no beginning and he has no end. He’s not bound by any of the limitations we experience. We live on a timeline but as he doesn’t, he can see ours from beginning to end. This confuses us sometimes—remember the Borg Queen’s famous words? “You think in such three dimensional terms”! (Star Trek, First Contact)

God sees everything from beginning to end and he knows how all of our stories will turn out. This doesn’t necessarily mean he orchestrates everything, but these verses do assure us his plan and purposes will be accomplished. And we don’t need to worry about God doing whatever he wishes, as if he might decide to do something capricious or selfish. He’s not like us! Everything he does is in love and with our best interests at heart.

Jesus is the I AM

“I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!” (John 8:58, NLT).

If you’re on Facebook, you know they made everyone switch to a format called timeline. I don’t like it, but I guess since human beings live on a timeline, the Facebook people thought it was appropriate. We have a starting point and an ending point, and everything in between is what makes a life.

When Jesus told the Jews he knew Abraham, they thought he was crazy. And then when he called himself “I AM” just as God had done in Moses’ day, they got mad. They could see he was a man the same as them and to put himself on the same level as God was just too much. But Jesus doesn’t have a timeline. He really did know Abraham. He wasn’t just a man—he was God and was with God (John 1). And he still is! He is the glorified man who returned to the Father, who is now with God and is still God. As the great I AM, he is the only one who can fix our timeline so it doesn’t have to end.