Lost in Wonder
We are commanded to worship God. Answer this call to worship by offering up words of thankfulness and praise.
Read REVELATION 1:9-20
 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,  which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”  I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,  and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.  His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.  “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.  The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWho was the One speaking to John?
Many DVD movies come packed with bonus features, and the most illuminating are usually the interviews with the writers and producers. We learn how the story began and we get to appreciate some of the circumstances that helped them interpret and finally deliver the plot to a wide audience.
Similarly, here we are treated to some of the behind-the-scenes data on John, and the overwhelming impression is that he is a worshiper (10)! Exiled on Patmos for preaching the gospel, he was presumably deep in worship and prayer on the Lord’s Day when the vision and voice of Christ broke through.
It is from a place of worship that the apocalyptic adventure unfolds. As John hears a trumpet-clear voice, as his eyes count seven lamp stands and seven stars, and as he absorbs the fire-blaze brilliance of Christ, he immediately recognizes a deeply significant sacred encounter (16).
Precious and challenging words were about to be spoken to John—a heavenly delivery straight to the heart of a worshiper (19).
When God speaks, what is your response? Do you respond with awe? Or have you lost the wonder of it?
Lord, You are truly an awesome God. I want to hear You speak and I want to listen in reverence.
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