It was an experiment…

I have decided to abandon my project of trying to blog on the Daily Bible Study scriptures for several reasons:

  • It is too demanding to do this every day, as it pulls me away from other tasks that need my attention.
  • The schedule defines what I must post about. When I have something I want to share that doesn’t fit the schedule there is no place for it.
  • It weighs me down. I’m no expert on whatever part of the Bible pops up on any given day and to think that I will come up with something profound to say every day is ludicrous.

I’m looking forward to a writing workshop next week in Pennsylvania sponsored by the Highlights Foundation. The theme of this workshop is “Sharing Our Hope: Writing for religious and inspirational markets.” Who knows what direction I will go from there, but I am certainly excited about the opportunity!

Worshiping the Shepherd, the Lamb – Revelation 7:13-17

Revelation 7:13-17

13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in[a] the great tribulation.[b] They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
will give them shelter.
16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
17 For the Lamb on the throne[c]
will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

–Revelation 7:13-17 (NLT)

How might worship be different at the end of the age than it is for us today? I read about the angels and these who are clothed in white praising God day and night and wonder. We get restless sitting in our pews for an hour and struggle with dozing off.

Consider the elders answer to who these dressed in white were – those who died during the tribulation, the ones who have been through the worst scenario of all times yet held tight to their faith in God. They understand fully what it means to trust in God and to find deliverance. How do our struggles compare with what has been promised for the tribulation? Like a drop in a bucket maybe?

Maybe our faltering worship attempts are the result of our persistence in staying in our comfort zones and not stepping out in faith in areas where we must put our trust in God.

Our Shepherd is forever faithful to us. May we be faithful to him with a heart of continual thanksgiving and praise.