Archive for Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Revelation 8:1-5 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

The journey to the end of life (as we know it) through the lens of the Bible is not one we ever want to witness. Dealing with life as we have it is hard enough considering the natural disasters we undergo, the climatic changes, the erosion of the ozone layer and it’s effects on life, the harsh consequences of tremendous growth and prosperity evident in the pollution, deforestation, extinction of fauna and flora species, etc.

If God wanted, I’m certain He could let us live in our own mess and that would be bad enough for us to call on His name in desperation as we seem to be successfully destructing ourselves in our selfishness and greed. Why does God want to judge us as harshly as these revelations reveal?

The silence in heaven after the opening of the seventh seal is evidence of the solemnity of the event. The six seals opened before were in quicker succession and it is reasonable to expect the seventh to be prominent as it was the last.

The events that follow show the beginning of the wrath of God revealed to humanity and what we consider suffering is nothing in the face of what is about to come.

Jesus has given us our lifetimes to respond to His call and His grace is evidenced from the fact that we are permitted to live without submitting our lives to Him.

If we were to be judged for our selfishness, living would be a real nightmare because the God who created the heavens and the earth by mere words could easily show us suffering as we can never imagine.

What God expects for us to be spared of this unimaginable suffering is our complete submission. Just going to a church or doing good deeds will never qualify us because we will never be justified as our faults are too many for our good deeds to even make a dent towards.

We are told to submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to earth to die for our sins and who will wash us clean not because of anything we have done but because He loves us.

After submission, we are called to live a life of worship and by that I do not mean just singing and praising God or going to church or reading the Bible. We are called to worship God with our all just like the elders and the hosts of heaven who worship God 24X7. God sees our hearts and not just our words or actions and He wants us to worship Him with our all.

I pray that as we seek God each day, we will not just seek Him because we HAVE TO but because we LOVE TO and that He will take us from strength to strength and help us to be oasis of His love to the world around us so that many will meet Him and be transformed by His love.

In His Loving Service,

John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth