August 31, 2023
God gives us an incredible glimpse into His throne room in heaven in Revelation 4, seen through the eyes of the beloved, faithful apostle who recorded it. The door is open, and as we enter, we are overwhelmed with that which fills the room:
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. (Revelation 4:2)
On the throne is the only One who has ever sat there. The only One who ever will. No human king has ever occupied this place. Twenty-four lesser thrones surround that throne; heavenly beings encircle the throne, and they have but one song to sing:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come! (Revelation 4:8)
God is wholly different, like no other. And when the 24 Elders chime in, their praise springs from one central, foundational, unending truth: God created all things. The fact that God is the source of all that is becomes their song that describes why He alone is worthy of our unceasing praise.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
You may not notice it, but every assault on God in this life is an assault on that foundational truth. Consider what deception and anarchy results if we resist the truth that God created everything.
It is a battle that has been waged by our Enemy, who wants God’s throne. He wants us to look to Him, worship, and give praise to Him. So He tries to take our Creator out of the picture.
If we believed what the Elders are proclaiming, it would change everything. We would worship Him. We would bow before Him. We would serve Him. We would live and die for Him, for we (and all things) have come from Him alone.
This foolishness will last only so long. For no matter the vain assaults of hell or the silly rantings of man, God IS the Creator, and one day soon, every knee will bow.
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