14 day plan

Living Above the Mess

Day 11 of 14

Revelation 4:1

The Throne Room of Heaven

1After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Reflections: Come Up Here and Let God Show You

Revelation is a weird and amazing book. After studying it for the last eight years, I still find it incredibly strange and beyond what my brain can understand! But as I lean in and continue to read, study and fall in love with Revelation, I am overwhelmed by its simple message. John got the opportunity to get away from his present situation (in prison on the Isle of Patmos) and see the world from God’s point of view.  He walked through this incredible door–as described in Revelation 4:1–into a realm that was beyond his thinking, and his angelic guide showed him what God was up to. The call in this verse was for John to ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place.’ This call comes to us when the beautiful Holy Spirit urges us to come away and spend time with God in prayer or reading our Bibles. For me, Bible and prayer time are where I come away from everything I am dealing with and walk through a door of heaven and allow God to show me his perspective and his plans. I receive fresh hope, fresh understanding and a fresh vision. I get a heavenly view of things on earth and no matter how bad it gets down here, heaven’s view keeps everything in God’s perspective.

Questions:  How can you make space to have more ‘come up here’ moments amid ‘the mess’ of life?

Prayers:  God, as I pray and read your Word today, let me have a ‘Come up here’ moment where I get a heavenly perspective on things that are happening here on Earth. Give me wisdom where I have none, peace where I am anxious, joy where I am sad and hope where I am hopeless.

Revelation 4:1-11

The Throne Room of Heaven

1After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

2Immediately I was in the Spirit, and there was a throne in heaven and someone was seated on it. 3The one seated there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian stone. A rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald surrounded the throne.

4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones sat twenty-four elders dressed in white clothes, with golden crowns on their heads.

5Flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder came from the throne. Seven fiery torches were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. 6Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne.

Four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back were around the throne on each side. 7The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like an ox; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop, saying,

Holy, holy, holy,

Lord God, the Almighty,

who was, who is, and who is to come.

9Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one seated on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before the one seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne and say,

11Our Lord and God,

you are worthy to receive

glory and honor and power,

because you have created all things,

and by your will

they exist and were created.