Spending the past couple of days in the book of Revelation has been fun, but it is very difficult to blog about. I'm reading about the prophecy of the judgment that will befall the world in the end. I'm reminded about how the Left Behind series pictured all of the plagues, specifically the locusts from the bottomless pit. (Rev 9) Now those were some kind of bugs, mind you! Puts ants & brown recluse spiders to shame.
So, what can I pass on here? What has always intrigued me about human nature is that it takes us so long to wake up and see that changing our ways just might result in a better life. We are so intelligent, but our stubborn pride keeps us from achieving all that God has for us.
In Revelation 9:20 we see an example of such hard headedness. Remember, the people living through the tribulation period had just suffered six terrible plagues and even at this point, their stubborness blows me away.
But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. (Rev 9:20 NKJV)
This brings to mind the Egyptians & Pharoah in Moses' day who despite the plagues still didn't believe that God was THE God and was bigger than them. Why is it that is is so hard for us to see the truth even when it is right in front of our eyes? Is it really any wonder that we are warned time and time again to keep away from idols?
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21 NKJV)
Do you have an idol in your life that you are trusting in for happiness? Our idols may not be wood, stone, brass, silver or gold, but we have them just the same in the form of our careers, our money, our children, our spouses, our hobbies or even our friends to name a few. Anything that we put ahead of God can become an idol. I guess my final thought is this. Why do I think it is so terrible of the people spoken about in Revelation when I go through my own "plagues" from time to time, yet still continue in my own ways? Definitely something to think about.