Scripture reading for January 7th: Genesis 9-11, Mark 4
Key Scriptures: Genesis 9:11-13 “”I establish My covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.””
Mark 4:37-40 “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why were you afraid? Have you still no faith?””
When we deal with creation’s awesome power and our human weakness, fear often results. Because of sin, we fear God’s wrath and coming judgment. We know death will bring us before God. But God is merciful and gives us signs of His great mercy and calls us to trust in Him. To Noah and his family, He provided an ark and gave them the rainbow. To His disciples, Jesus calmed the storm and called them to faith in His saving grace.
Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, a fear of death has been replaced by faith in Your great mercy and saving ability. You spoke “Peace! Be still!” to the storms that threatened me. Help me to rest today on the cushion of Your grace!
Scripture reading for December 4th: Revelation 4
“After this I looked and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first hear 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 there before me was a throne in heaven with Someone sitting on it. And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.” (Revelation 4:1-3)
John received a supernatural revelation of the unseen reality that was invisible to all humans without divine assistance. The first thing John described was the throne. The throne had Someone sitting on it. John could only describe that “One” as having the appearance of sparkling gems and radiating the colors of a rainbow completely encircling Him. Jasper is crystal clear and carnelian is brilliant red. John had no physical description other than the glorious color and blazing light coming in flashes of lightning and peals of thunder. (Revelation 4:5)
Around this brilliant throne, there were twenty-four other thrones with elders dressed in white with crowns of gold. In the center of the throne, there were four living creatures and they never stopped crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is , and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8) The elders responded to their worship by falling down and casting their crowns before the throne crying, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” The unseen realities around God’s Holy Throne throb with worship, light, and glory! By God’s amazing grace, we who believe on Jesus will see this eternal throne in our glorified bodies!