Date: Saturday, August 7
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-8
Verse: And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
In the movie Jurassic Park, when the heroes were fleeing from a Tyrannosaurus Rex, there was a very clever shot of the T-Rex in the rearview mirror of the Jeep they were driving. Adding to the suspense of the scene were the words etched into the glass, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” While that was a bad thing for a group running for their lives, there are times when we need to be reminded that God is closer than he may appear.
Our judgment sometimes gets clouded by all the struggles in our lives. We can get into a funk where we begin to believe all the negativity we hear in the news, from our friends, on our Facebook pages, and elsewhere. It leaves us longing for a new reign, a new rule, the day foretold in today’s scripture when God will “wipe every tear from their eyes.” Like the mirror, we could etch under these words, “Objects in today’s passage are closer than they appear.”
When we think of the Kingdom of God, we often think of it as a place we will get to go to someday. By extension, this means we think of it as someplace else, often far away, where God resides. But verse 2 says something different. The Kingdom of God is not someplace we go, but something coming to us. It need not be distant, as we have been reading all week, but instead is something we can participate in today.
When we pray in the prayer Jesus taught for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, we are praying for this fullness of the Kingdom, but also praying to participate in that Kingdom today. We are asking for the courage to live Kingdom lives in our everyday, go to work, go to school, lives. We are being reminded that God is closer than we think.
Prayer: As I look forward to the day of your Kingdom coming, O God, remind I am a citizen of that Kingdom even today. Amen.
Action: Write down some times you have felt God’s presence close. Use them as reminders when you feel distant from him.
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