Revelation13-19- Maybe sad things can motivate!

We have only three days left of our semester reading!! We did it! The whole New Testament!  Wow, time flys when you are having fun, right?!! Did you have fun?

Yeah,....but....umm.....are we having fun right now in the reading? 😧  Some people, reading this section, may feel relief reading how, in the end, evil does not win. One might feel some righteous anger over injustices they have experienced and look forward to the day that the perpetrator will get his due.

However, I have found the reading to be a bit sad this week! Yes, it is good to read that the evils of "Babylon" will end, but, you gotta admit, God's righteous judgment on people is overwhelming!
The saddest for me to read was the people's response, "..they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him." (16:9) and "People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done." (16:11)
They knew it was God who was in control of the plagues!  They knew!😳 But instead of begging for mercy, they cursed him. 😭 That is scary and sad!!
You know what else is sad? I know people like that today!! This isn't just talking about people in the future. I know people today who acknowledge there is a God but refuse to repent. It's heartbreaking to think of their eternal future. So, in a way, this sad reading has motivated me!  It has made me want to evangelize more!!! I don't want the people I know to endure the judgment of God!  I want them to know that God is loving, but also righteous! And they will face his judgment!

Lord, help me to share your love with others and to be a good witness to them.  Also, give me the words to convey truth to them.  When I read, "They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." (17:15), I want all those I know and love, to be standing with me in that group of "his called, chosen and faithful followers".  Please, Lord, use me as your tool to "draw" them with your love before that fearful day! I pray this in the name of Jesus who draws all people to himself (John 12:32)!!!

**On another note, I plan on doing more fun Bible reading when I am done with Revelation.  I plan on jumping into the Old Testament a little bit before I start the New Testament again in September.  It would be awesome if you wanted to join me!!!  During the months of June, July, and August, I plan on reading Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.
That should make for some fun summer reading!!! 🌴🌞🏖🍦📖


Yay, Lori!! Glad you are joining me!!
Lori said…
Tomorrow we start Deuteronomy! Will we read one chapter a day?
Letty said…
Purchased a new NLT Bible the beginning of May and challenged myself during the pandemic to read the entire Bible. Started with Genesis, reading in chronological order. What a blessing!
Yes, Lori, it will only be one chapter a day. Very doable for the summer. I haven’t read that section of the Old Testament in awhile, so it should be interesting!
Letty, that is awesome that you challenged yourself to do that! That is how I got started on my kick of reading straight through the New Testament over and over. I got in such a good habit with the one year Bible, I didn’t want to break the habit. So, I kept going with all sorts of daily reading plans.
May this kick off the same great habit for you that it did for me!

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