Today's Reading: Revelation 16
Key Verse: Revelation 16:5
And I heard the angel of the waters saying:
"You are righteous, O Lord,
The One who is and who was and who is to be,
Because You have judged these things…"
In this chapter we see the anger of God at sin and the demands of His justice. Seven angels "pour out" the contents of the "seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God" and each one results in terrible plagues, earthquakes and various catastrophes.
All of this comes from God Himself, and the people "curse" Him because of it (verses 9-10). There's something in human nature that resents superior power, even when it comes from God, who is the ultimate Power. We each can choose to submit or rebel.
One of the most significant messages of the book of Revelation is that God will ultimately manifest His holiness and punish all unholiness. In the context of this chapter, we can clearly see that all this destruction could have been prevented - but sinful mankind "refused to repent" (verse 11b). God will go to almost any length to impress on us our need to turn away from sin. But if we refuse, we'll suffer the consequences.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God Almighty, You are "not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance." Grant us the grace to live in a state of repentance and awareness of Your holy presence in our lives. In Your Name Jesus, we pray. Amen!
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