Thursday: November 19, 2020

Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

In today’s scene from the book of Revelations, no one possessed the skill or talent to do what had to be done; not in heaven, on earth or even the underworld. In effect, they were faced with an impossible situation and about that, John wept.

Surprised? We shouldn’t really be because tears are a very usual response to ‘impossibilities’:

  • Whenever we cannot get things done,
  • whenever we cannot get situations to move as we want,
  • Whenever we come across a mountain we cannot scale, a river we cannot cross or a valley we cannot jump over,
  • Whenever we seem unable to alter the outcome and can only look on helplessly,

Then we shed tears. Those tears beloved, are nothing more than an acknowledgement that ‘we are human’, but tears are not answers. In this instant, it took the lion of the tribe of Judah, the shoot of David who had conquered; it took Jesus to open the seals and read the book. He was the only variable required to write off the impossibility that was apparent and that is our truth.

So instead of shedding tears, perhaps we ought to engage Jesus.


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