God’s righteous punishment continues against everyone who obstinately remain in their wicked ways: those who will not repent of their rebellious actions and give glory to God. Seven angels will go forth on the earth to pour out seven bowls of God’s wrath. The destruction will be final and there will come a thorough cleansing of the world from sin. Those who remain alert and watchful for God will be blessed. “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”
This statement from Jesus reminds me of Adam and Eve at the beginning of God’s Story. When they disobeyed God their eyes were opened to their nakedness and they no longer had joy and peace but were ashamed. God wants us to trust Him and obey Him; He has provided a way for us to give up our shame. Jesus died in our place, and the sin and shame of all of mankind was nailed to His cross. Because God’s love is greater than our sin, God raised Jesus from the dead and we can be dead to sin and alive to walk and live in new life. This news is good! May we live in awareness of God, intentionally and bravely practicing perseverance in the trials we face every day. May we be ready, humbly relying on God, no matter what comes our way. For we know that Jesus is coming! Let’s live expectantly!