Daily Devotions: December 12, 2014
Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 9
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)
Revelation 9:20-21 reveals the awful wickedness of humankind, even in the midst of God’s judgements (Wiersbe). Warren Wiersbe writes, “The most frightening aspect about the contents of chapter 9 is not the judgment that God sends but the sins that people persist in committing even while God is judging them.” The judgments are frightening. One third of the population will die, many others will be affected by the plague. This seven year period is the most horrific period in history. The Great Tribulation is as close to hell on earth as it gets, but still many will not repent. God is showing us what the world would be like if the devil had control. A world overrun by sin and Satan is far from what God intended. In Christ we have been given the promise of the forgiveness of sin, and the hope of a beautiful new future. In Him we have life and hope.
Prayer: “Lord, thank You for the hope we have in Christ. Thank You for the promise of a bright and beautiful tomorrow. May Your kingdom come. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron