Tuesday, September 8

A surprising reason to worship

Scripture: Lamentations 1-2, Obadiah, Revelation 14

Revelation 14:6–7 And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 “Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.”

Observation

The end of all things is triggered when the eternal gospel is proclaimed “to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language and people.” (See also Matthew 24:14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.)

The angel who announces the end calls for worship (fear God, give glory to God, worship Him) “for the time has come when He will sit as judge.” God’s final judgment was a cause for worship.

Application

Two things:

First, we hasten the Lord’s return every time we share the good news of Jesus with someone. Today, I want to be alert to opportunities to share Jesus with each person I meet.

Yesterday, I talked with a young man from LC who is headed to India as a missionary disguised as a grad student. I’m so proud of him—and impressed by his willingness to go to one of the most populous and difficult nations to share the gospel. Praying for him…

Second, we tend to have negative feelings about God’s final judgment, but this passage presents it as a cause for celebration and worship. Why? Because God will put all things right. Evil will be vanquished. Sin destroyed. Righteousness and justice restored!

There are moments now when I feel so saddened by the evil in the world that I pray, “Come Lord Jesus.” I look forward to His return and justice being done. Meanwhile, we Christians are to be righteous personally and work for justice socially.

Prayer: Lord, use me today to spread Your good news and to do justice in the world.