God's Fury For Our Redemption
Posted: Monday, December 15
Verse of the day:
Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. (Revelation 6:15)
As this year comes to a gradual hault, I can’t help but correlate the similarities between the end of time for 2014, and the literal end of time. Every year in the One Year Bible Reading Plan the second half of December becomes the month of Minor Prophets and future prophecy. There’s reading of people being slaughtered for their sins, exiled for their disobedience, and as in today’s reading, the wrath of God in full swing.
It can be easy to read past all of this or become a little petrified of God’s rage, but I think there’s something more alluring than a jealous God quick to smite humans. As we read the minor prophets and even the story of the end times, we see man being punished for their sins, but more than that, a God calling out to his people to return to Him. God is an activist for justice. The whole point of the prophets from the Old Testament was for God to have a voice amongst His people calling them to turn from their sins and serve Him wholeheartedly. It’s the repeated spanking from God and reassurance of His love. As we read in Revelation today, no one regardless of their status or social ranking is except from God’s love. All were punished for their sins as an effort to wake them up and turn their gaze towards a God that wants a genuine relationship with them.
As we take the bend toward closing out 2014, where do you stand with God? Are you closer to Him now than you were in January? April? Summer time? There’s not a single soul God wants to punish. He disciplines for our own good to help redirect our focus. Make it a goal today to grow closer to God and to end 2014 closer to Him than at any other point in the year, and then make it another goal to bring at least more person to Christ. God doesn’t care whether their rich or poor, powerful or a servant. He wants a genuine authentic relationship with everyone before time runs out.