Daily Archives: April 25, 2021
O God, I turn to you again in the stillness of the evening, that my heart may be quieted. In this moment of prayer and reflection, let me experience again your continued salvation as I continual strive to be more like your Son, Jesus. Day and night, you are my light and salvation. I rest tonight, Sovereign God, in the stronghold of your care. I ask that in this night, you will create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew within me a right spirit. In the matchless name of Jesus. Amen.
Revelation 7:9, 14-17 (ESV)
A Great Multitude from Every Nation
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17)
Tears are a natural part of being human. Sometimes, we cry tears of joy or relief, but more often, we weep because of some suffering or sadness we have experienced. It’s these tears – tears of sadness – that God has promised to wipe away.
There is simply no way around it: at one point or another, each of us will shed tears of sadness. They could be the result of a sickness, the death of a loved one, a failed relationship, a dashed hope, or a host of other causes – but, they will come. While many people spend their whole lives trying to suppress the pain and avoid the tears, our best strategy would be to find a way to survive these times of distress, not run from them (Revelation 7:14). For us as believers, survival means trying not to let these times of pain separate us from the Lord or each other.
If there is one good thing we can take from our trials, it’s that they will make our entrance into heaven that much more glorious and rewarding. Jesus knows that we will have scarred memories. It doesn’t matter whether they come from self-inflicted wounds or from the way other people have treated us. What matters is that Jesus promises to wipe away every tear we have ever shed over them. And then, in the beauty and perfection of heaven, there will never be another reason to weep.
Try to imagine what your mind would be like if you were finally set free of every sad, resentful, critical, or angry thought. That’s what you have to look forward to!
Are you suffering right now? Does the pain feel like a weight around your neck or a dark cloud over your head? If so, remember that a day is coming when every problem will be resolved, every memory will be healed, and every tear will be wiped away.
Jesus, teach me how to survive in faith. Fill me with hope and confidence that you will come and set me free. Amen.