Here’s How To Collect Your Prize
Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Based Upon Revelation 1:3
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
The view of God that many have is interesting. Follow me for a moment in thought. Some view God like some sort of sweepstakes organizer. Oftentimes, the terms, rules, and conditions of these contests are so difficult to understand, and the date to announce the winner is so far in the future, that it discourages most people from even entering. If that were not discouraging enough, the odds of winning are ridiculous. The huge cash prizes are more difficult to win than seeing a shooting star or solar eclipse. In most sweepstakes, the odds are against us, not for us. How many times have you heard of people watching the Super Bowl in the United States, and waiting for some prize van to show up at their door with television cameras and balloons to deliver a huge check, and announce their good fortune to the world? Then when the big game has passed and no van, cameras, balloons, or big paycheck appears at their front door, they are hurled into disappointment. Unfortunately, this is the view many people have of God.
He is no evil riddler waiting to see how many He can confuse by hiding important information in an array of obscure meanings. God simply wants us to trust Him for understanding.
Our God is not like that. He loves us and wants the best for us. When considering the book of Revelation, it is a mistake to assume that God is trying to hide something there. He does not want us to grope around in the darkness of our own limited understanding for His truth. The truths contained in this glorious book are for our learning. Otherwise, why would God pronounce a blessing upon those who read, hear, and keep the words therein? “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3. He does not promise blessings and then play peek-a-boo with us. He is no evil riddler waiting to see how many He can confuse by hiding important information in an array of obscure meanings. God simply wants us to trust Him for understanding. The very name of His book reveals His intentions for us. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is God revealing to those who would be His faithful servants, mysteries concerning the last days. The only condition for winning this spiritual sweepstakes is that we become, and remain God’s servants. Aren’t you glad that God is in the business of blessing and not teasing us? I am.
May the Lord make us faithful servants, that we may know His will for our lives in these days.