Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
Read Revelation 7:1-17
Throughout the Book of Revelation, God gives us glimpses of Heaven. This chapter is one of those glimpses. We are reminded that the church, too numerous to count, will be gathered before the throne. We are also reminded that we will be delivered from the hardships of this life on earth.
"They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17
What type of hardships will believers be delivered from in verse 16?
According to verse 17, what will Jesus do as our shepherd?
Keeping our eyes on Heaven and Jesus’ final victory over sin will help us to remain strong in trials. Trust that one day all believers will be delivered from the hardships of this life and gathered with the Church in heaven.
Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Keep the hope of Heaven before you, especially in your hardships.
· Entrust yourself to our Savior’s protection and His promises for the future.
· Be involved in your church.
· Yield to your Shepherd during your life on earth.
Father, thank you for another glimpse of Heaven. Help me to learn how to be a participating member of our church, involved in worship, service, encouraging one another, and loving the lost. Thanks for being my Shepherd. Teach me to follow You with an unwavering heart. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…" 2 Peter 3:11-12
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10:11, 13-14
"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." Hebrews 13:20-21
Posted on Tue, January 19, 2016
by Sam Petitfils