Last month was full of unexpected and emotional circumstances. And as God does in His brilliance, he planned for me to focus on just that for the month of October—His brilliance.
For a couple of weeks, I was really struggling with it. I even looked up the word brilliance to see if it was in the Bible. I should have known. Of course, it is. It’s in the book of Revelation.
Right in the middle of John’s written vision is where God’s brilliance met my skepticism, and I was humbled.
When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
That’s not what I expected. But it was exactly the reminder I needed.
God’s not dead. He is alive and active! He is majestic and brilliant in all of His ways—even when we doubt. Even when we fear. Even when He seems distant. And yes, even when we are cynical.
My heart is beyond thankful for the way He relentlessly crashes into my thoughts with His truth and His brilliance. My hope is not in this world. It’s in Him.
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.