Today's Bible Reading: Revelation 4
Selected Biblical Text
8Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come."
9Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." (Rev 4:8-11)
Reflecting and Thinking
After the introduction and the letters to the seven churches, the vision of Chapters 4-5 gives us entrée to the throne room of heaven. (The chiastic parallel is the heavenly scene with seven visions in chapters 19-20). The writer tells us that the purpose of this view of heaven is to make clear what is to take place. We should note that God is still on his throne. His authority, power, glory and honor are in place and secure. God's deity is not wavering. He is holy God, sitting on his throne and receiving worship.
Why do we sometimes think that God has abdicated his throne, or at least given some part of his power to other forces? How can we reconcile the problems of our world and the continuing control and love of God? How do you think you would personally respond if you were to have a vision such as this one? What would be your response if you were able to peer into the throne room of God?
Heavenly Father, we praise you and worship you in your holiness, splendor and grandeur. We declare that you are worthy, and we ask you to strengthen our faith. In the name of Christ the Lamb, Amen.