Revelation 13 speaks of a time that I pray I will never see with my own eyes. However, despite the destruction and deplorable times that are yet to come, there is great hope and encouragement for all who believe in Him.
In Revelation 13:10, there is reference back to the exhortation given in Hebrews 6:12 – “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
Though the things of this world can be dark and dismal, we must remember that this is not our home. Our time here is finite, whereas our ultimate destination is eternal. What we do with this life matters, as it determines our location for the next. We must be intentional and diligent in our walk with Him, as He alone provides the patience and faith necessary to navigate a life lived in the grip of His grace.
There are days that I would prefer to sleep or run off rather than press on, yet I have found that He is always faithful to His promise to be present when I press past all that hinders me, and seek only Him. I need His sustenance to be my strength.
Our eternal inheritance is well worth the temporary discomforts dispensed by the sinful state of humanity in our fallen world.
He forgives, forgets, and grants a fresh start to all who ask. His mercies are made new every morning!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, we have nothing to fear, despite the destruction all around us. Please grant us the grace and tenacity to move mightily in purpose and in truth. Teach us to trust You always. May Your love be lavished on others as we are obedient to do all that You are asking. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present