The book of Revelation is fascinating. We see God in heaven holding a scroll that has seven seals on it (Revelation 5). And we discover that only Jesus, the Son of God, is able to open this scroll and reveal its contents.
In the chapters that follow, God’s amazing story unfolds. We can easily get caught up in the mysteries and controversy about symbols; instead, let’s focus on the clear message. What we see and hear in these chapters are stories of visions given to instill, grow, and strengthen faith—a way of living close to God here on earth as we see signs of God working not only in heaven but also in the world around us.
This month we remember and celebrate Jesus’ ascension to heaven (May 13) and the coming of the Holy Spirit of God (May 23). We do so in the context of a world that is hurting. May the sights and sounds of God’s great story encourage us not only to have faith in the ascended Jesus but also to stay in step with the Holy Spirit, who lives within us to bring God’s presence into our everyday lives.
This month’s devotions were written by Pastor Jim Poelman. He and his wife, Linda, served five churches in Ontario and British Columbia for thirty-nine years. In retirement, they enjoy family times with their extended household of children and grandchildren—29 members in all—often creating lots of happy noise.
As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!