Our God Reigns

ESV Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”  2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.  3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. (Revelation 4:1-3)

As I was studying this text for tomorrow’s Bible Study, the truth of this passage really encouraged me. Jesus had just described the unenviable (at least from our earthly perspective) situations of seven of His churches in what is today Turkey: The Ephesians had lost their first love, the Smyrnans were poor and in danger of being thrown in prison for their faith, the Pergamumians were being martyred for their faith, the Thyatirans were battling heresy and the immorality of false teachers, the Sardians were battling spiritual death, the Philadelphians were experiencing Jewish persecution, and the Laodiceans were so compromised in their belief and lifestyles that Jesus was ready to spew (that verb in Spanish is vomitar, if you get my drift) them out of his mouth. Yet, John looks through the door of heaven and sees that God is on His glorious throne.

We need to strive when times are darkest in our lives to keep that heavenly perspective in the back of our minds. This is often difficult to do, especially when our emotions are crying out that all is lost, and that there is no hope. It is then that we, more than ever, need to remember the throne of God and all of its glory.

Whether our lives are filled with financial woes, relationship issues, straying children, troubles within Christ’s church, or whether we are just weighed down by the increasing and pervading sinfulness of our society; we must not allow these circumstances to cloud our vision, but remember the reality of that open door, and the fact that our Lord is reigning in this world, and particularly reigning in the lives of His people.

I close with these words that Jesus said to His disciples that are just as applicable in our lives today, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

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3 Comments

  1. Debbie Quinn said,

    February 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Still in wonder at God’s faithfulness..and reminded of a pastor that stood by us through some dark days, in Jesus name. Love you friend.

  2. cliftonr said,

    February 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    I still remember those days, and how the Lord’s mercies were new every morning for all of you. He held on to you when it was difficult for you to hold on to Him. It is good to hear from you, Deb. (I must admit that I think of you every time I watch the Progressive Insurance commercial on TV) ;^)

  3. February 25, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    I liked this. It blessed me.


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