Read: Revelation 22:1-5
. . . and night will be no more. (v. 5)
I have a confession to make. I love to read popular fiction—spy novels, thrillers, mysteries, that sort of thing. I realize that these books are to good literature what junk food is to fine cuisine, but they’re just so entertaining. I have a further confession to make. When I’m reading one of those novels, I sometimes cheat. You know how it is with them. The situation often appears to be hopeless. The hero seems done for. So if I find myself becoming too anxious over how the plot is unfolding, I’ll just turn ahead to the end of the story to find out how defeat turns into victory.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that in real life? When we find ourselves caught in the middle of nightmarish circumstances or trapped in some tragedy with no way out, if only we could fast forward to a happy ending! But unfortunately we can’t. Life simply has to be lived through. There’s no way to bypass the pain or skip ahead instantly to better times.
Having said that, though, there is one thing that as Christians we can do. We can read ahead to the last chapter of the book. Whatever may be the twists and turns of our individual plot lines, we can see how the story ends. This is what’s going to happen: We will see his face. The Lord God will be our light. Night will be no more. And we will reign forever and ever. —David Bast
As you pray, look forward to life, not death; to light, not darkness.