December 30 – The Obedient Are Blessed

Although the conclusion of God’s Story is about our bright future we are still living in a world that is upside-down and broken. John also lived in a broken world and everything that he saw and heard concerning the new Heaven seemed too good to be true. Finding the goodness hard to take in, John, in awe, bowed down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown to him these marvelous things. The angel, however, was quick to tell John not to worship him but to worship God alone! God is the worthy One. Trustworthy, praiseworthy, bless His holy name forever! Are you like me curious about the time frame for when this all will take place? We may not be able to mark the date on our calendar, but we do know that the time is closer now than when John first wrote about it.

Jesus says, Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book. When Jesus says we are blessed for obedience I want to obey. Throughout God’s Story we see how generous God is, over and over again lavishing His extravagant love upon those He created. And like all good fathers He desires for His children to grow up to maturity. Jesus is God in the flesh, come to the world to show us what it means to grow up: to be holy (set apart) and full of compassion, kindness, humility, and joy. Our strength to be this, and so much more, really does come from Him. God’s training in righteousness leads to great freedom; we can be free to live a satisfying life that pleases Him. Our Father does not keep us guessing about what makes Him happy. We can detect God’s love language throughout His Story, and right up through to the end we read that Jesus has the same love language: obedience. “If you love Me, obey My commandments.”—Jesus.

Revelation 22:7 NLT