PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Enter Your DestinationTim Savage
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 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
If you are anything like me you find much of Revelation challenging and somewhat confusing; these 2 verses, however, are clear and heartening – there will come a time, after the tribulation, when we will share paradise with our Maker. Our short-term future is uncertain and unpredictable, but our long-term eternity is secure in Christ. No matter what the world throws at us – financial collapse, world wars or natural disasters – we will ultimately arrive at a heavenly destination. While working away from home in Eugene I really count on my trusty GPS to get me from here to there. Without the GPS, I’m uncertain and anxious, but with the GPS, I’m confident, even cocky, about exploring new and out of the way places. All I have to do is enter the destination, follow instructions and I miraculously end up right where I wanted. This morning I discovered the most charming little coffee shop to do my devotions instead of settling for something predictable, close and safe. Our GPS for life is God’s word. Without it we are uneasy and apprehensive, not knowing what the day might bring – will our financial system collapse today, will someone in the world launch a nuclear missile, will I or someone close to me be diagnosed with a life-threatening disease? Without His word there is no peace, no security, but with Him we have direction, purpose and joy. We may not know the exact route, we may not know the streets we’re traveling, but we know the destination.
Here in Revelation, John describes our final destination – the place we will end up if we follow the instructions given by His GPS, His word, the Bible. I must move forward in the joy that comes from knowing that God is in control. I can’t be overwhelmed by the events of the day, I can’t be swayed from my convictions and I mustn’t conform to the ways of the world. I must follow the GPS instructions and enjoy the confidence that comes from knowing where we’re headed. Daily devotions and spending time with Him are so important in understanding our directions.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your word, thank You for the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. My destination is Heaven; please help me follow Your instructions to meet You there. In Jesus name, Amen