Today’s reading is Revelation 22.
Well, we made it! If this is the first time you’ve ever read through the New Testament in a year, way to go!
And, what a way to end the Bible, with the promise of living with God for all eternity. As verses 3 and 4 put it, “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.”
It is interesting, isn’t it, that this chapter describes “the tree of life” on “each side of the river” (v. 2)? This fact recalls the garden of Eden, as the NIV’s section heading suggests. Although God is hidden from us now because of the curse, he has revealed himself in nature, in our conscience, in his word, and in Christ. But his intention has always been to live with humanity. God’s will and his ultimate purpose is to live on earth with humanity. When this chapter is fulfilled, human life will finally exist as God intended.
Until then, we who know God by faith should be waiting for Christ’s coming (vv. 12, 20). While we wait, we have the Word and the Spirit of God with us and, by faith, we should live before the face of God. The way we think, the way we live our lives, the choices we make, and the way we use our time should all be done as consciously as possible that God is with us and is watching us.
If you’ve developed a Bible reading habit this year, keep it going! Knowing and thinking about God’s word is an important part of living consciously in the presence of God. I trust these devotionals have helped you grow in your faith and obedience to our Lord. May he help us in 2018 to grow even stronger in faith and in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.
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