What films do you and your family watch each year as Christmas approaches? Before you sit down in front of the TV, take a moment to read another Advent devotional.
If you have ever watched a Star Wars movie or been a Star Trek fan, the films may have amazed you with their visual effects created by the animation experts. You may look forward to even better graphics with the release of “Moonfall” next year. At the same time, you know all of this is fiction. When you walk out of the theater, life will go on the same as before.
The wrath of God is nothing like the “Wrath of Khan.” When we read the book of Revelation and hear about God’s judgments, the images within those pages seem like something from a sci-fi film. We have never seen events on the vast scale like those described in the book of Revelation. God’s judgment will be on full display as seven seals break, seven trumpets blow, and seven bowls of wrath pour out on mankind. These affect not merely Earth but involve cosmic events: The sun and the moon and stars will darken. And life will never be the same.
Heb. 11:7 tells us, “It was by faith that Noah prepared a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Noah had never seen rain. He’d never seen a boat of the dimensions of the ark. He probably had never before seen even half of all the animals that soon walked onto the ark. Yet by faith, he prepared for future events he had never imagined.
As you get your heart ready for Christ’s arrival, remember that the most basic step is to cultivate faith in our powerful God.