Sunday, August 27, 2006

Revelation 4:1-11

Two points jumped out at me from today’s reading in Revelation. First was how clearly God’s direction came to John, “…there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.””. (Rev 4:1) The second point was how everything and everyone worshipped Jesus - in both action and word.

There have been very few times in my life when I heard God’s direction as clearly as it came to John, but John does identify some key points in finding direction: he was looking, he was listening, he recognized God’s voice, and he responded.

Most of us are looking and listening for direction and many voices are trumpeting “Come here…” The critical point seems to be recognizing the voice of God. How can we isolate the voice of God when the busyness of our lives and the cacophony of voices blaring in our culture make it so very difficult and confusing?

One way that we can know when we are hearing and following God’s direction is the same way that John knew - worship will be a natural consequence. We should find that God is honored and glorified by the choices we make and the direction we choose to follow.

If we are ever in doubt of a call that we are hearing, we can ask ourselves the following question, “If I follow this direction will it bring glory and honor to the Lord?”

It should.

Alan Davenport

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