Pastor’s Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 3-4; Revelation 15
I cannot imagine just how wonderfully beautiful the throne room of God must be. It is pictured by John, here in chapter 15 as well as in chapter 4, as a floor of crystal. He describes it as “…a sea of glass mingled with fire.” Moses also had a vision of it when he and the elders of Israel “…saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.” (Ex 24:10). Ezekiel described it as “the likeness of the firmament… was as the color of the terrible crystal…” (Ez. 1:22). This beautiful throne room was about to pronounce judgment in the form of the final series of judgments. The last trumpet was the seven vial judgments. God is always just and true in all His ways and those gathered around the throne are singing praise to this truth. They are in complete submission to God’s will and in an attitude of complete surrender. They recognize the power, position, and prominence of God Almighty. My wife read me a quote the other day that said, “If we knew what God knows, we would ALL want to do His will.” His way is perfect. He cannot and He will not ever make a mistake. Not even in this terrible time of judgment is God making a mistake. He is just and true as He pours out His wrath upon the world. The end result of all this judgment is “…all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.” The question is asked, “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy Name? For Thou only art holy…!” How sad it is that so many today do not fear the Lord. We live in a time when people live as if God does not exist. They say whatever they want to say, and do whatever they want to do, and think whatever they want to think. Even many Christians live as if they will never give an account for their lives. It would do us all good to remember that God is absolutely holy and there is none other. He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe and the ultimate Judge of the world. We exist to bring His name glory. We should never want to bring a reproach to the name of Christ. We ought to live in such a way to enhance what others think of Christ. We should put down the natural tendency to want to elevate man and seek to elevate Christ. We must renounce secular humanism that is so prevalent today, and we must seek to worship the One Holy Sovereign. May we humble ourselves before Him today.
• Lord, please help me to never forget your holiness. Please help me to live in a way that will bring you glory. Please never let me bring a reproach to your name.
• Lord, please help me to trust you more each day. I know you are always right and that you have my best interest at heart. Thank you for always being in control and doing what is best.
• Lord, help me to have a healthy fear of your constant watching eye. Please help me to realize that you are never out of touch. Give me a passion to please you more as I grow in grace each day.
• Lord, I can’t wait to see how beautiful your throne room is! You do all things well!