December 22 – Blessed When We Read Revelation

When trying to decide if a book is a good one some readers will glance at the first chapter and if it captures their attention they continue turning pages. Others choose to read the last chapter and if it offers a satisfying conclusion, they will then invest in the rest of the book. With God’s Book, the Bible, we can take either approach and discover His Story is one not only worth reading but worth living by. Genesis, the beginning of God’s Story, records many blessings. The blessings do not stop there; they continue on generation after generation, situation after situation. Revelation, the conclusion of God’s written Word to us, maintains this blessing theme.

John lived on a small island as an outcast for telling God’s Story. In his nineties, he wrote down everything he saw, just as God told him to do. The final book in the Bible is challenging to fully comprehend but God rewards those who read and embrace its truth. The one who reads this is blessed, and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near! The time is more nearer today than it was yesterday. May we be encouraged to love God’s blessings and journal them for ourselves and for the generations yet to come. We can take good comfort in knowing that the time is near. God is near. Live fully in the God of the blessings!

Revelation 1:3 HCSB