Devotion Day 88 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 88 – Revelation 9 – 16 – As I read through the readings for today, read of all the demons and angels, chaos, destruction of the heaven and the earth, all the death to those who followed the beast, what stood out to me is this short line.

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Revelation 13:10c)

One reason this line stood out to me is that life itself calls for patent endurance and faithfulness. Day by day we are called to be faithful unto God who has been, is and will always be faithful unto us. The people of God have been waiting for Christ to return for now well over 2,000 years and we are still waiting. This reminds me of earlier words in Psalms and 2nd Peter.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ (2nd Peter 3:8&9)

‘For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)

Friends waiting upon the Lord takes patient endurance and faithfulness on our part. So, wait upon the Lord. Since we have entered and even begun the Advent season, we understand that waiting is something God’s people did long ago, do today and will do until God comes again.

I’m participating in an Advent study with two friends of mine. We’re reading God Is In the Manger, a collection of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writing and letters. Here is something from the reading of just a couple of days ago.

Not everyone can wait: neither the sated nor the satisfied nor those without respect can wait. The only ones who can wait are people who carry restlessness around with them and people who look up with reverence to the greatest in the world. Thus Advent can be celebrated only by those whose souls give them no peace, who know that they are poor and incomplete, and who sense something of the greatness that is supposed to come, before which they can only bow in humble timidity, waiting until he inclines himself toward us—the Holy One himself, God in the child in the manger. God is coming; the Lord Jesus is coming; Christmas is coming. Rejoice, O Christendom!

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2011-03-21). God Is In the Manger (Kindle Locations 148-153). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

Friends, day by day, wait upon the Lord; seeking always to be faithful in loving God and helping our neighbor. Amen.

Next; Day 89 Revelation 17 – 22 (end of our readings through the Bible in 90 days)

Day 90 will be a summation of my thoughts on the 90 days through the Bible.

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