Words from the Heart for Saturday October 13th, 2018
He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Revelation 14:7 (NRSV)
Fear God and Give Him Glory
God can be trusted as a God of both judgment and mercy. The Bible speaks of a day when judgment will be poured out upon the earth. Yet, even in that day He is still worthy of glory and worship. He originally made the earth. He will make the new heaven and the new earth. Worship in awe of Him.
A study released this past July by one of Canada’s top bankruptcy companies showed that a staggering number of Canadians are on the edge of financial collapse. Twenty-eight per cent of respondents to the survey, which was conducted from June 15 to June 19, said that another rate increase by the Bank of Canada would propel them toward bankruptcy, while 42 per cent say if rates rise much more they would fear for their financial well-being.
Without the assurance that God is watching over our world, and one day will bring about justice, this world must be a frightening and frustrating place. Christians are people of hope because the Bible teaches us that the world is not out of control and that God has a plan for our lives and for the world. God gave a glimpse of this to the apostle John and he recorded this in Revelation 14:7, “He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”” John sees an angel proclaiming the eternal message of the Gospel, and he calls all peoples from all nations to fear God and give Him the glory. The redeemed of all generations are called to stand in awe of God and to offer praise for who He is and what He does in our lives. This happens when we come into relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ and it will happen again when, at the end of the age, God judges all things and everyone with perfect justice.
These have been words from the heart.