After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. … And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” …Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; … Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. … And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:9-17 (selected verses)
Sing the Song of the Saints
People say Christianity is elitist. They don’t want to live by anyone else’s rules but their own. Is it any wonder that one of the most requested songs at funerals is Frank Sinatra’s, “My Way”?
Is that your song? Or does your song echo that of the saints in heaven? –“Salvation belongs to our God, … and to the Lamb.” Followers of Christ don’t boast in themselves. They boast in their Savior God. Jesus is the only thing that really matters in this life. Only he has provided deliverance from sin, all fears, and a hopeless future.
And who benefits? A select few? No! “A great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language.”
It’s not easy to sing the song of the saints. It’s easy to lose heart in this wicked world. The saints in heaven know it. They are those “who have come out of the great tribulation.” But what do those saints have to say to us? “Hang in there!”
How? Don’t rely on yourself. Trust in him who is truly wise and powerful. God gives you the strength to handle whatever you’re suffering.
Just remember that your suffering doesn’t begin to compare to what’s waiting for you in heaven. “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
From tribulation to triumph. Hang in there. Heaven is worth it!
Give me strength, Lord, when life gets hard. Keep me focused on the glory you have waiting for me in heaven together with all your saints. Amen.
This devotion was selected from the Daily Devotion archive.
Source: WELS Devotions