Scripture: And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. Rev 20:12 NIV
It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” Romans 14:11 NIV
Observation: John sees our future and the future of the world in a vision, the Book of Revelation is that account. Forever people have tried to interpret its meaning and many scholars have given us a pretty clear interpretation of what I believe God revealed to John. However, I don’t believe we will completely understand until we are with him and all is revealed. I do know that one thing is sure, no one will escape judgement; believers, non-believers and the mis-guided will all kneel before our Lord and know the truth.
Application: I have mixed emotions, I’m not looking forward to my bent knee because I’m a believer and I know the truth. Sure, I will have cause to celebrate because he redeemed me from myself, but I will also be sorrowful because I know that my sinful nature made my relationship with him difficult. He knows, he sees, and I know he weeps with disappointment at my decisions at times, and yet he still FORGIVES. So I wait. That day will come and on bended knee I will confess my sins and look back at much of my life with regret and I will proclaim his greatness and the grace shown to me countless times. My heart goes out to those in my family and others that don’t know the Lord. What will it be like for them. They live with uncertainty or false hope or even no hope at all. CHRIST OUR SAVIOR is waiting to save us, all of us, from ourselves. We have only to confess or sins and faults now on bended knee so that on judgment day, when we bow before him we can celebrate that he spared us from ourselves. Then too, we can worship him in person with other forgiven sinners.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for those that refuse to bend their knee now, those I know and love and those I don’t know. Lord, I pray for my own weaknesses and I ask for your strength to persevere. Thank you for your continued grace even though I don’t deserve it. Help me to find consistency in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen