The battle of good and evil has been raging since the beginning of time and will continue until the end of days. When reading Revelation I am often spooked as the words of scripture start to unfold and play out before me. I am no bible scholar and I have to admit that in most cases, I have to read and re read some passages to try and understand their meaning. But as I read this scripture, I can combat my fear of the seven seals by remembering that the Lord is in control.
“Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals…”
It’s literally my saving grace. My only hope. My light at the end of the tunnel. Are we living in the end times? Who knows! Each and every day is a battle of good and evil. Each and everyday we are called to train our children to know the Lord. Everyday we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves and share the good news with all. Reading each individual seal can be terrifying or encouraging. As we look around at the evil that prevails we could be terrified or encouraged. Obviously, it’s a little of both. I never imagined I would be concerned going to the movie theater that someone would fire their gun. My mom didn’t have to worry about me going to college that I would be drugged, abducted or shot at. Never did we think that our police would be stripped of their powers or use their power for corruption. The events I see on my TV across the world are not only alarming but unthinkable. My whispered prayer is so often, Jesus, come quickly! I am so thankful that this world is not my home but the journey to my permanent home is scary unless you look at the encouraging side.
What I find hope and peace in is that God is in control. These 7 seals that are opened are opened by the Lamb. That provides me with a little comfort when we read all of the things that will occur on the Earth we know that God remains in control and these things must happen for Jesus to return. Praise the Lord for his sovereign hand. We are also reminded in scripture that these things must happen for the Lord to return. So, whether or not Jesus returns to Earth tomorrow or next year or in our great, great grandchild’s lifetime is not the point. The point is finding peace that Jesus is our hope and our salvation in this present age and the age to come!
“Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the Kin, the Lord. Let the sea roar and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity.”
Thank you, Jesus for your sovereign plan. Help me to rest in you and depend on your Holy Spirit as I walk this journey on Earth till you call me home or return. Amen.