Revelation 7:13-17 (CEB)

13 Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. 15 This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 16 They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, 17 because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”   

Revelation 7:15 (CEB)

15 This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them.   

DEVOTION –  Annette McGhee (Alabama)

It was sundown on a Friday when my husband and I completed out long-awaited patio, and we were exhausted.  As we sat together on the patio celebrating our achievement, we faced the back of our house.  “I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this view of our house, have you?”  I asked.  “Look above the house,” he said, pointing at the huge oak tree hanging over the roof.

We built our house so that this 100-year-old oak would be in our front yard because the trunk was so beautiful, but now we were seeing it from a different view.  All those years, I thought, all those problems and blessings we shared together in this house, and I never noticed that tree sheltering us from above.  It gave me a whole new perspective.

That tree reminds me of our loving Creator.  Day after day, we go about our routines of working and taking care of our families, dealing with disappointments and struggles that life presents, learning to accept the tragedies as well as the blessings of life.  We tend to forget that through it all, God covers us, cares for us, and loves us unconditionally.  And when we do acknowledge God with praise for the glory of it all, we gain a totally new perspective.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will look above my circumstances to the one who loves and cares for all of us.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to glorify you in all that we do today so that others will see your glory through us.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: SOMEONE WHO NEEDS GOD’S COMFORT

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