Keeping His Word

by Rev Jason Phua

Readings: Revelation 22:1-21; Psalm 150:1-6

READ (verses chosen for meditation)
Revelation 22:7-8 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

REFLECT
The word “keep” appears twice in Revelation 22 (verses 7 and 9). God’s people are exhorted to keep the words of the book of Revelation. The word “keep” is translated from the Greek “tereo” which in context, means to “pay attention” or “to observe”. In both verses, “tereo” is given to us in the present participle. This means that God’s people are to actively and consistently observe God’s Word as given to us in the book of Revelation. So what are we to consistently pay attention to and observe? As given to us in verses 10-15, we are to actively and consistently observe holiness in our journey with Jesus. We are to actively and consistently shun what is evil.

RELATE
Some like to treat the book of Revelation as a book that tells the future. Some parts of the book do talk about what will happen in the future. However, if we are to draw a major consistent theme through Revelation, its main message is for us as a church, to be holy and watchful as we wait for the Lord’s coming. To me, the book of Revelation is not so much as a crystal ball that foretells what is going to happen in the future; but a promise that tells us of the solid hope that those who persevere shall reign with God forever. One of the main reasons why I learn to trust more and more of the Bible, is not because it is a book that tells us what we want to hear; but what we need to hear. Such needs are at times, unnoticed until we hit a roadblock or went through major life challenges. Nonetheless, we learn more and more that the things of this world and especially ourselves is not the solution. Only Christ is. We need to hear and keep His Word. For He is coming back.

REST
Christ our Lord, we thank you for the book of Revelation. Help us to understand more about what You want us to learn through this book; this is so we can fulfil Your promise that we shall be blessed if we actively and consistently keep Your Word in our lives. Amen.

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Day 170

by Rev Joel Yong

Proverbs 22:13
The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!

This is a hilarious proverb.
In order not to go out of the house to labor- the lazy person would make all sorts of excuses.

We might laugh at this – but here is a question we can each ask ourselves “What excuses am I making, so as to avoid improving myself this day?”

Has our personal growth stagnated?
What are we not doing that would help better ourselves?

I know that when a person improves themself – their family benefits, their workplace benefits, they too will benefit!

Joy happens and faith arises when people realize their potential as they constantly test the limits of what they can achieve with God’s blessing!