Google+ 10/26/13 The Door Is Open, If We Will Only Look!

Revelation 4:1-3

 

Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven,

And the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast.

The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.”

And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it.

The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian.

And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow.

 

As we conclude our six-part devotion series entitled, "Knock, Knock...God's There," we turn to the beloved disciple John for some final answers.  One of the great paradoxes of the Bible is the book of Revelation.  God chose John, the simple fisherman, to pen this final chapter of His Word.  Arguably, one of the most difficult chapters to understand in the entire Bible.  The vision that is given to John by God is both detailed and complete.  Our "final" door leads to the throne room of God.  Jesus has been made King of Heaven, as promised in Scripture.  The voice of God now invites all believers to walk through heaven's door and learn the entire story that has been hidden from us for so long.  Notice that John sees the door standing open.  This point is central to our collective understanding.  John was looking for the door!  Remember, all of the disciples and believers were promised this when Jesus ascended.  Christ was leaving to prepare a place for everyone to reside with God.  Often God shows people things that they never see.  John would never find the door if he wasn't looking for it.  Miracles abound in our life everyday, many of which go un-noticed.  The reason is simple and clear.  While we have been told that God will provide our daily bread, clothe us, and forgive us when we truly repent, we rarely claim this promise with sincerity.  We don't live our lives with that promise as our only premise.  Instead, we often try to "hedge God's bet" and rely not on Him but ourselves.  Usually this action finds us face-to-face with failure and friction.  As humans, giving everything up to, and for, God is VERY difficult, but completely necessary.  God's will is never a buffet where we are free to choose only the things we like.  It is a family-style meal where everyone eats a little of everything and becomes ultimately satisfied, even when it is not our "favorite" food.  As we close this chapter in our devotional series, let's be like John and seek the open door in heaven.  As we look at the throne room, let's recognize who is sitting in the "big chair!"  While we are here on earth, we must knock.  In heaven, we must remember that "The Door is Open, If We Will Only Look!"