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Daily Reading: Nahum 1:1-3:19 ESV, Revelation 8:1-13 ESV, Psalm 136:1-26 ESV, Proverbs 30:7-9 ESV

Daily Verse: “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Revelation 8:1 ESV)

SPHRAGIS (4973): “Denotes literal, a “seal” on a book or roll, combining with the ideas of security and destination those of secrecy and postponement of disclosures, Rev 8:1.”[1]

Security and destination.

Hallmark gives away gold stickers with each card purchase.  Placing the round, metallic seal on the tip of the envelope flap secures and protects the card until it reaches its final destination.  Upon opening, the beauty from within makes another soul smile.

Whatever the contents of the seventh scroll, heaven became quiet at its opening.  God only knows what it contains.  Because my faith lies with Jesus, I don’t have to worry about what it says.

Becoming a follower of Christ puts a seal on your life.  You become His, and nothing can take you away from the Savior.  God protects His children from the woes those who choose to turn their back on Jesus suffer.  The Lord doesn’t want anyone to perish; people make a choice.

God’s seal.

When you come under God’s protection, you will still have troubles.  People will hurt you with their actions and deeds, sometimes intentionally.  Circumstances will cause havoc in your life, unforeseen problems you didn’t see knocking you off your feet.  Life still happens. 

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)

Submitting your life to Christ gives you God’s seal. Whatever troubles you face, Jesus will help you overcome them.  Our good and bad days will come to an end.  We will rest peacefully with Jesus in the afterlife for much longer than we suffer here and now.

Troubles and woes plague the world we live in today.  Following Jesus will help you find peace, no matter what the circumstances.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 244) Thomas Nelson

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