Minute in the Word
“The Warmth of God's Hand”
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.””
(Revelation 4.1–11 ESV)
The message of Revelation is timeless and can bring hope to all generations. While addressed to Christians who were in distress during the late first century, there is much we can learn for our walk with Christ today. Subjected to unbelievable persecution on a daily basis, God's people needed a glimpse of the glory that waits in heaven. They needed to be reminded of God's tremendous power and might. No demonic power, nothing under the earth, above the earth, or on the earth can overcome Jesus' reign as King. For those who persevere, a time of rest, worship, and praise was coming. Think of how this message is still true today. Satan may give it his best shot, but the faithful Christian remains protected in the hand of God. Trust in God's promises and take comfort in the warmth of God's hand. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world, John 16.33.