My personal devotions had me in the first four chapters of the book of Revelation this morning. Despite the name of my blog, Revelations in Writing, I always feel a bit gun-shy when I come to the book of Revelation. Perhaps it is because I understand it the least, and the teacher in me really wants to comprehend what I try to convey to others. That being said, today, what stood out to me anew, is the repetition of “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, ___________________________.” Multiple times in both chapters two and three, this quote is followed by a promise. The promises are as follow in the order that they appear in the text:
I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (2:7)
He will not be hurt at all by the second death. (2:11)
I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it. (2:17)
I will give authority over the nations. (2:26)
I will also give him the morning star. (2:28)
I will not blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father. (3:5)
I will write on him the name of my God, and I will also write on him my new name. (3:12)
I will give the right to sit with me on my throne. (3:21)
Though I know not the exact interpretation in Hebrew or Greek for each of these symbols mentioned, I do know that they are promises for me, from a loving and protective God. He is a God who gives good gifts to His children, and He longs to share all that He has with each of us, if only we would be willing to receive. God is for us, and He gives us wisdom and insight, protection and perseverance, power and provision, authority and acknowledgement, adoption into His family, a new name, light, life, and lasting love – all for now and into eternity in our heavenly home with Him forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You reveal to us the glory and goodness found in You. Forgive us for fearing what we do not understand, and help us to persevere until the day You reveal all understanding, when we finally see You face-to-face. Thank You that You are a kind and patient Papa, and that You love to teach Your kids, whose hearts are seeking understanding. May what we learn burn brightly as light before all men, so that many may come to seek You, Father. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
(*he/him/man/men used to mean people; men and women)