Monday, December 7, 2015
I'm attending Bible Study Fellowship this year and we are studying the book of Revelation. It is beyond anything I expected and nothing like I expected. I've always thought of Revelation as the book that tells all of the terrible things that will happen at the end of time, and I suppose it does. But so far (we've gotten through chapter 5) it has been focusing on the praiseworthiness of Jesus and the wonder that awaits us when we get to heaven.
Last week we were looking at a verse which talks of how all creatures on earth and in heaven and under the earth and in the sea are going to praise Jesus. One of the ladies wrote a beautiful, poetic description of various created beings praising God. I was stunned by her writing and, besides appreciating what she wrote, I realized my pessimism is getting in the way of fully enjoying and appreciating Jesus. So I determined that this week I would make a conscious effort to shelve my pessimism and get EXCITED about eternity. This week, however, we are detouring from Revelation to the book of Joel. What I've read so far was total gloom and doom, sackcloth and ashes, weeping and mourning stuff. I couldn't help but laugh - so much for my attempted optimism! But then again, it did make me laugh, so maybe all is not lost!