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"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" Revelation 5:12

Do you feel the world is broken? Do you feel the shadows deepen? There is no hesitation in our response to these questions. Especially in today’s context, our hearts are quick to respond, “We do.”

“Is He Worthy?” leads us to acknowledge the brokenness, the shadows, and the groaning that’s evident all around us. As we lament this brokenness, we agree with what Scripture tells us is true: it shouldn’t be like this.

Romans 8 tells us that all creation was subjected to futility by its Maker, in hope that the creation itself will be set free. A new creation is coming. The glory of the Lord will be forever in our midst.

In the midst of brokenness, we can find hope in this reminder—the day is coming when the creation that groans today will proclaim, 

            “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

            to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

            and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12)

This future reality shapes our perspective on our present reality. We lament the brokenness that we see around us; our hearts are grieved by suffering, death, injustice, racism, and sickness. But as 1 Thessalonians 4:13 exhorts us, we do not grieve “as others do who have no hope.”

What is the hope that we cling to? Simply this – we have not reached the end of the story.

The end of the story is a God who dwells among his people. The end of the story is a Lamb who alone receives all power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. The end of the story is people who have been redeemed by the Lamb, who are no longer under the power of sin and death. The end of the story is an eternity with no tears, no suffering, no sickness – no brokenness. The end of the story is a new creation – a creation that doesn’t groan but instead rejoices in its Creator.

We’re not there yet. But knowing that this new creation is coming changes the way we look at the broken creation we see around us today. So, we agree with the words of the song – it’s “good that we remind ourselves of this.”

We remind ourselves that there is an unshakeable kingdom coming. Anchored by that hope, we don’t have to be shaken by today’s events and uncertainly.

We remind ourselves that our God will dwell again with us and when he does, “he will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes” (Rev. 21:3b). Death, mourning, crying, and pain will be no more. With this promise, we remember the presence of that same God with us today. It changes the way we see today’s suffering.

Though suffering and hardship threaten to overwhelm us today, we remind ourselves of the new creation. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 gives us a window into the work of regeneration that’s happening…right now: 

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

Let’s remind ourselves of this, church! Let’s remind each other of the new creation, of the glory of God dwelling in our midst. Let’s remind each other of the day when we’ll sing together around the throne, “He is worthy!” Let the hope of that day be reflected in the way we live today. May our lives today proclaim, “He is worthy!”

Rachael Deatherage (1)

 

Rachael Deatherage has been a member of Providence since 2013 and serves on staff as assistant to the lead pastor. In her free time, you can often find her in a local coffee shop, either chatting with a friend or reading a good book.