“Are we there yet?” If you have ever taken a road trip with kids, you probably heard that question asked more than once or twice… or ten times. Or maybe you were the child asking that question because time would not go fast enough. When you are headed to a special destination, it seems like time takes forever. There is something about the anticipation of something better… something great… that has us longing to be there.
In Revelation 6:9-11 we read about the fifth seal. John sees the souls who had been slain for the word of God and they ask, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on earth?” The saints and all the earth are waiting for God to right what has been wronged … a day when all the evil and suffering and persecution will be erased. When the sixth seal is opened, we see that even the earth groans for God’s return “…behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth…” Fortunately, those who know God will be protected when judgment comes. Revelation 7:3 tells us, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” All of this is not to scare us, but to encourage us to wake up so that we live our lives with purpose and meaning. To stop living our comfortable lives only thinking of ourselves and what we want, but to start living a powerful life. A life of prayer and intention that will bring glory and honor to God.
We, along with the saints before us and the earth, are waiting in anticipation of Jesus’ return. As we wait, we know it will get worse before it gets better; however, we also know that things will only get better when we are with Jesus. The day when we are in Heaven worshiping - our great destination. Are we there yet? Not yet … but one day, when He comes, we will be home. Until then, look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith.
This week: Ask God daily to bring glory to Himself through your life. Ask for strength, courage, perseverance, faith during trials, struggles, pain, persecution, and tribulation. Give Him all of you and pray for all those you encounter throughout the day.