A: ALPHA – Who’s in Charge?

NOTE: Beginning this week, we will explore the character of God as we seek to know Him better, using the letters of the alphabet. Today we look at the letter A. 

In the beginning God . . .  – Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

I am the Alpha and the Omega . . . – Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13 (NIV)

“God is not our buddy or our errand boy,” Marlene Bagnull notes in Write His Answer, her Bible study for Christian writers.

I read those words in 1996 and never forgot them. They extend into every area of my life, not just my writing and speaking.

You see, too often I forget who’s in charge and treat God like my chum or my gopher (you know, go-fer-this, go-fer-that). I shoot up prayer requests like orders, expecting Him to answer when I want, which is usually right now, and the way I want. It’s like I’m the master and He’s the servant.

Yes, the Bible tells us to pray, to lay our requests before Him, to ask, to seek, to knock, the cast all our cares on Him, and He will hear and will answer. In fact, He knows our needs before we even ask. 

But none of the verses I’ve alluded to tell us to tell Him how to answer or when to answer. 

In our me-first world, we tend to think we’re in charge. 

Mankind has always had that problem – thinking he’s the center of the universe. Remember the uproar when Copernicus, in the sixteenth century, theorized that the earth revolved around the sun? How dare him! It wasn’t until the next century that Galileo and his telescope proved him right.

But we still have that problem of putting ourselves as the center of the universe. Everything and everyone else, including God, revolves around us and our wants. Just look at the way people drive. Me-first. Get out of my way. The rules of the road aren’t for me, so why should I use turn signals, stop at stop signs (isn’t slowing down enough?), or turn on my headlights when it’s raining or dusky? And if you’re going too slow for me, I’ll ride your tail until you speed up or I get a chance to pass you, even in a no-passing zone.


The Bible begins with four simple words: In the beginning God.

In the beginning of what? Of the created universe. Of time.

In the beginning God was already there. He created time. 

The Hebrew word used for God in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim, and means “mighty God or supreme God.” Another name for God is Adonai, translated “Lord” and means “Master or owner of all things.” And why wouldn’t He be? He created it all. 

God is the Alpha (the first letter of the Greek alphabet), and everyone knows the Alpha is the undisputed leader of the pack. 

God is the Omega (the last letter of the Greek alphabet), the One who remains standing after the final battle is fought, after the earth as we know it disappears, after a new heaven and a new earth appear, after time ends and eternity begins.  

God is creator, master, the sovereign Lord of all that happens from the beginning to the end, the One who rules over human history. 

He’s not anybody’s good buddy or errand boy.

Remind me, Lord, that You, not I, are the One in charge. You are Adonai, the Alpha of my life. Amen.

 From God, Me, & a Cup of Tea, Vol. 3 © 2019 Michele Huey. All rights reserved. 

Sadie’s Story

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

When the 11-year-old Chihuahua was dropped off at the crowded animal shelter, she had obvious health problems. Two weeks went by and no one showed interest in adopting her. After all, who’d want an old dog with health issues? So Sadie was scheduled for euthanasia.

Enter one young lady with a heart for the hurting—and with a passion for God’s creatures. When Sarah McKenrick and her fiancé, Jonathan Cherry, visited the shelter, “to give some animals some love,” a volunteer told her the sad story of the Chihuahua.

“She had been with a family for 11 years,” Sarah told me, “and they just dumped her at the shelter. My heart broke, and I couldn’t let her be put down like that. We adopted her.”

It was while the veterinarian was spaying Sadie that he discovered still another health problem and called Sarah.

“Are you sure you still want to adopt her?” he asked.

“Absolutely!” Sarah said.

With a heart murmur, congestive heart failure, fluid in her lungs, a bad stomach due to hookworms, and “a long list of other issues,” Sadie was given three months to live—“a hospice situation,” Sarah said. “She was 3.25 pounds and terrified.”

That was three years ago. 

“Today she is on ZERO medication, the heart murmur is gone, and she’s a chunky 6 pounds!” reports Sarah, who is now Mrs. Jonathan Cherry. 

That’s what love can do. 

In Sarah’s and Jonathan’s love for Sadie, who now responds to the name “Bitty,” I see God’s love for all humanity. God’s love for me. God’s love for you. Each one of you. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your nationality is, what your beliefs are, what you do for a living, or how old you are. It doesn’t matter that you have “SIN” written all over you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve messed up. Or if you are messed up.

It doesn’t matter if you’re what the world calls “damaged goods.” It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, who’ve you’ve been with, where you are. 

Read the Gospels. Over and over you’ll see God’s Son reaching out to the outcasts of society: a woman at a well in Samaria (John 4:1–26). She had three strikes against her: She was a woman—women were not at the top of the social ladder in those days; she was a Samaritan—the Jews hated the Samaritans; and she’d had five husbands and was living with a man who was not her husband. 

But she wasn’t out—not by God’s standards. 

Neither are you. 

Then there was the leper who asked Jesus for healing and Jesus touched him (Matthew 8:1–4; Luke 5:12–14). He touched him! My goodness, you didn’t even breathe the same air as a leper in those times, let alone touch one.

But, in God’s eyes, he wasn’t untouchable.

Neither are you. 

And then there was Levi, the tax collector, whom Jesus called to be one of His 12 apostles (Mark 2:13–17; Luke 5:27–31). A tax collector—a despised traitor in the eyes of the Jews.

But he wasn’t despised by God. 

Neither are you.

You may know Levi better by his name as one of Jesus’ disciples—Matthew, which means “gift of the LORD.”

That’s what happens when Jesus comes into your life—it changes, you change—transformed from the inside out. It all starts with the unconditional love of God.

Sadie’s story, you see, is your story.

When I’m feeling down on myself, O Lord, remind me of how very much You love me.  Amen.

Read and reflect on Romans 8:31–39.

 © 2023 Michele Huey. All rights reserved.

Now Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Cherry with Sadie, who passed away in September 2016.