14 day plan

Living Above the Mess

Day 12 of 14

Revelation 4:2

2Immediately I was in the Spirit, and there was a throne in heaven and someone was seated on it.

Reflections: He is sitting down!

Did you know that John refers to the ‘throne of God’ seven times in the book of Revelation? Read through and try to find them, it is really an amazing study. It doesn’t matter how bad things get in the book of Revelation; John reminds those hearing this epic story that God is seated in heavenly places. This is a great message that still speaks to us today–God is completely in control. What an incredible comfort that is! I love the way John uses the word ‘behold’ in this verse. ‘Behold’ means ‘to stop and think upon it’. Stop and think about God being seated in heavenly places, above all powers and principalities, above everything. God is not pacing in anxiety, unsure of whether this is going to turn out as he planned – no! He is sitting; at rest, assured of his authority and control over everything that is happening. We should be the same, seated and assured that God is in control.

Questions:  What areas of your life can you surrender to God’s control, and ‘be seated’?

Prayers:  Thank you, God, that you are seated in heavenly places, high and lifted and exalted above everything that happens here on Earth. Today, let that assurance be in my spirit that You are in control and give me strength to be seated in stature, trusting in Your power and authority no matter what I face.

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.