Revelation 4:5 KJV
(5) And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
What a grand scene this must have been!
John, after seeing a throne surrounded by a green rainbow, with God’s glory shining forth as a jasper and sardine stone, now sees the presence of God manifest by lightnings, thunderings and voices. This scene is very similar to the display of God’s greatness that was seen by the Israelites in Old Testament times…
Exodus 20:18-21 KJV
(18) And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
(19) And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
(20) And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
(21) And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
In both of these instances, we can see that the sight of God’s presence is likened unto a vicious thunderstorm.
Stop and think about what a thunderstorm is like… strong winds blowing, thunder crashing, and bright flashes of light shining across the sky. What a tremendous earthly display of God’s greatness and awesome power. But sadly, how often do we watch a thunderstorm and give God no thought at all?
Folks, the next time we experience the wonder of a thunderstorm, let’s call to mind our breathtaking God. He is the One that is putting His greatness on display. He is the One that created the storm, He is the One that is controlling the storm, and He is the One that will bring the storm to an end, in His time.
In this same fashion, He is in absolute control of the storms and trials of our life. He brings the storm, He controls of the storm, and He ends the storm when it has accomplished its purpose in our lives.
May we all bring honor and glory to our Lord by remembering Him in the midst of the earthly storms that take place around us, and the storms of trials that we experience in our personal lives.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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