Monday, October 14, 2013

Pastoral Pings ~ Reverencing our Hearts with Reference to Heaven

          One of the fascinating things I have learned about children is the way they will consistently reference to the adults who are watching over them. Sometimes they will give a glance at a caregiver just to see if everything is okay, or if the caregiver is noticing them. Children love to see adults smile on them as they are enjoying the serious activity of play.

          Other times children give a sneaky look to see if the caregiver is watching because they have something mischievous on their minds. At these times, they hope the adult is looking in another direction because they want to “get away” with something they know they should not be doing.

          One of the fascinating things about the book of Revelation is how it meets our never-outgrown need to reference ourselves to our ultimate caregiver, our Father who is in heaven. The description of the heavenly throne room of God in Revelation 4 and 5 gives us the focus for our referencing, and satisfies all we could ever require for both our security (how God behaves toward us), and our sanctification (how we behave toward God).  

          When we are going through all manner of troubles and hardships, we can look at the revelation of God’s throne room, and the description of the one who is seated on the throne, and see how he is looking upon us, and caring for us, and watching over us, and carrying out plans and purposes that are for our good, no matter what things look like in the world around us.

          The one who is seated on the throne is the center of all things, the ultimate power and authority. Every beast, antichrist, prostitute, Babylon, false prophet, army of the earth, or expression of the red dragon himself, is taken up by the power and authority of the one who sits on the throne so that every expression of trouble and hardship is worked for good during all the years of our earthly lives. At the same time, all God’s children will be safely gathered into the eternal paradise where there are everlasting pleasures at the right hand of the one who sits on the throne forever and ever.

          Because our heavenly Father is the center of everything, God’s children can reference ourselves to his throne and see that all is well no matter how much earthly experience suggests otherwise. We can hear our Father’s voice calling, “’You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off’; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”[1]

          At the same time, we can reference ourselves to this highest of thrones when we are tempted by the world, the flesh, and the devil, and see that there is never a time that his eye does not see what we are doing. The same eye that sees all we are going through when we feel abandoned and alone, is the eye that sees even the smallest thought and intent of our hearts when we are teased by earthly fears and pleasures to leave that narrow road that leads to heaven.

          There are wondrous applications of the double-sided coin of referencing to the throne room of heaven, far too many to justify calling this a Ping, so I will conclude with this divinely inspired exhortation and let it speak for itself: Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.[2]

          From my heart,



© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Isaiah 41:9b-10
[2] Hebrews 12:28-29

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