28 November 2018

Revelation 13
Psalm 129

Reading this morning’s two passages my first thoughts were how do I write something that is not all doom and gloom? I guess that this is one of the dangers of reading passages of scripture in isolation from the entire bible. The full scriptures tell us that God has triumphed and in fact He triumphed over evil before it even existed.

Snippets from both passages allude to God’s victory – Revelation 13 verse 10: ‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints’. Why would we be called to be patient if there was no hope? Our hope is in Jesus and the fact that our Heavenly Father has promised to save us. Our God is immutable – He has made His children (believers) a promise and it is not in His character to change His mind.

I become despondent some days when I look at how some of my relationships have broken down because of my own inadequacies, and how the world is worshipping the gods of power, money and fame. However, Psalm 129 verse 4, ‘But the LORD is righteous; He has cut me free from the cords of the wicked”, gives me hope. That is the hope that Jesus has already cut me free from the cords of the world, and by His death and resurrection Satan and his forces have been condemned to the pit.

How I long for the day when there will be no more strife, pain, suffering and broken relationships. Come Jesus, restore Your creation and all believers into a perfect relationship with our God.

Prayer: Lord the whole universe groans as we await the return of Jesus. Help us to wait patiently and with endurance. Help us to overcome evil with good. Amen.