February 12, 2024

Thanksgiving Spirit

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

The twenty-four elders … worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty … You have taken your great power and have begun to reign … The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants … who revere your name.—Revelation 11:16–18 NIV

The picture John provided of Heaven was a place filled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving. The elders were so in awe of God that they fell on their faces and worshiped Him. They could see how great God is. They recognized that on earth, people and nations might defy Him and seek to exalt themselves, but God will make everything right. And He rewards those who serve Him and revere His name.

This vision of Heaven helps us understand the attitudes that should shape our lives. Have an attitude of awe toward God. Worship Him. Be grateful.

It can be hard to have this perspective. As we look at the world, we can become overwhelmed with the presence of problems. We see sin and sickness, wars and violence. We can feel paralyzed by our needs and the needs of others. We can be discouraged and feel hopeless.

But the attitude of these elders should give us perspective. Remember that God reigns and rules in Heaven and on earth. Instead of worrying about our problems or being afraid, we are encouraged to spend time being thankful and worshiping God. Remember that He is sovereign. He will judge everyone and reward those who revere His name.

Today, join the twenty-four elders. Worship God and give thanks to Him for all that He has done for you. He is worthy of all praise!

Reflection Question: How will you worship God today for His power and majesty?

Prayer
Father, I give You praise. Thank You that You rule over Heaven and earth. Thank You for all You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Revelation 11

Prayer
Father, I give You praise. Thank You that You rule over Heaven and earth. Thank You for all You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Revelation 11