August 22, 2016

Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

I have hit the point in my life where I must write down anything I need to remember. I probably hit that point long before I admitted it to myself, but I accept now that I have to get things written down if I need to refer to the information at a later time. The author of Revelation has been relating some pretty wild stuff using particularly vivid imagery for the past 20 chapters. It’s kind of funny that he would relate God stressing that these words of comfort and hope (read the preceding four verses) get written down and remembered and emphasize that they are “trustworthy and true.” I think I have an idea why though. For most of us, the negative and the angry and painful make a more lasting impact on our psyches while the positive and kind and comforting pass through us fleetingly. I think that is why political campaigns are the way they are. How many people do you know who regularly celebrate the good in their personal stories compared with those who struggle their entire lives with hurts and problems from their past? If we have any reason to hope- and the point of Revelation is that in Jesus we really do- then we need to write it down, keep it before our eyes, repeat it regularly, remember it habitually. Our destiny in God is for comfort and joy, to quote the Christmas carol. This week, what is the “trustworthy and true” message on which you are focusing?

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