The Book of Revelation: Chapter 8
Well, this isn’t a particularly easy chapter to read is it? A lot of times in Scripture we see beautiful displays of God’s love, joy, and his desire to reach us. Not so much in Revelation 8. In this chapter things start getting serious, the judgements begin and through that 1/3rd of the water is turned bitter, 1/3rd of the sea is essentially destroyed, 1/3rd of the day is set to pitch blackness, and 1/3rd of the land is set on fire. Not exactly what we would call a vacation spot right? But I have some good news, all of creation will be made new. That is why all this is happening in the first place.
I’m not sure if you have ever been in the same room with a woman who is giving birth, if you have you are going to really relate to what I’m about to say next. In movies and television its portrayed as something wonderful (which it is) and beautiful and all that. In reality, calling childbirth uncomfortable would be like saying that getting stung in the eyeball by a wasp is somewhat unpleasant, not really an accurate description. All of creation is being made new in Revelation, and what we are reading about here are the birthing pains. The result will be magnificent, glorious, and beautiful. But that doesn’t mean that in the meantime it is a fun experience. These pains are a lot like our faith as well aren’t they? You are going to experience pain in your life, things are going to get difficult, but if you lean on your relationship with Jesus the end result will be magnificent, glorious, and beautiful.
Pastor Alex Gebert
Crossroads Wesleyan Church