Re:Verse reading–Revelation 4:1-7, 5:1-14 (day three)
“There before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.” “There is no there there,” Gertrude Stein famously said after visiting her childhood home and discovering it was no more. Such a phrase taps into the common human anxiety that what should be permanent actually decays or fades away or perhaps didn’t really ever exist in the way you thought it did. When a man contemplates God, that old anxiety again surfaces: What if God does not exist? What if I have nowhere to go? What if there is no there there? In our sin-dimmed thinking, we have forgotten God, and we have lost the way to find him. Into that twilight, John speaks a word of revelation: Someone occupies the place of sovereignty. How will you live when you understand that God reigns?