Really Super Stubborn Faith
Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.
No one finds a study in End Times a delightful way to start the day, but it certainly is interesting. Revelation 16 describes the 7 judgments to come & number 4 caught my attention today...
Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, causing it to scorch everyone with its fire. Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory. (Revelation 16:8-9)
These people obviously still have time to repent because it clearly states still they did not repent or turn to God at all. This typically astonishes Believers similar to the history of Pharaoh still not letting the Israelites go after plague after plague. The reason is simple. The ungodly practice ungodliness. Training oneself in wickedness is a religious practice.
I am just as stubborn about my faith. No bad news, bad luck, bad circumstances or actual acts of Satan will ever talk me out of trusting and believing in the One, True, Living, Almighty God. So the reverse must also be true. The ungodly are just as stubborn about who they worship as I am. Not even horrible sores, blood water, or deadly scorching heat will change their minds.
And when the going will get really hard for me, my plan is to still be stubbornly faithful to the One I follow – and that’s the plan of the wicked too – faithfully follow the one they’ve always endorsed and worshiped to the very end.
You are great and greatly to be praised. Help me make a practice of trusting in you and obeying you and being brave so I will never be swayed. Give me beautiful, rigorous, stubborn faith. You are good in all your ways; may I never forget. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.