Revelation 21-22; Isaiah 9-10; Psalm 111
In the beginning of time, God set before man two trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Time since then has been an exploration of the knowledge of good and evil. God speaks of the end coming in Revelation and in Isaiah’s reading today. In the end, no longer is the focus on the knowledge of good and evil; now the focus is on life. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1-2) In the end the focus will be on healing, on justice, on eternal life. The curse of sin will be gone and all people will serve the Lord joyfully. It’s hard to see the end, when we are caught in the middle times. We live in a world where evil is rampant and good seems like a short-lived, but refreshing change of pace. Oppression exists. That which is evil is called good and that which is good is called evil; even though deep in our hearts we know the real difference. God revealed His plan to John and to Isaiah. The end will come. The end will bring healing. There is hope. That hope sustains us in the most difficult times. We’ve seen the back of the book. We know who wins. We can approach the difficulties of this life with confidence knowing that whatever happens, if we are on God’s side we will win. To put it in football terms, it may be fourth and goal from our own one yard line with one second to go on the clock. We may be losing by six points. When we come up to the line of scrimmage, we come up with confidence because we know the outcome of the game. God wins. God wins. When today’s trials come upon you, remember that God wins. When life seems overwhelming, remember that God wins. When we take our last breath, remember that God wins. That hope will keep us going in the best of times and the worst of times. God wins.
Lord, remind me today that You win. When the traffic is annoying and that mom tailgates me in the school zone – You win. When I get cut off in the free way remind me that You win. When the troubles and stresses of the job seem ready to crush me, remind me that You win. Let me live victoriously today not from my own strength, but from the sure and certain knowledge that You win!