“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True” (Rev. 19:11, NKJV). That is one of my favorite verses in the whole New Testament. We have a Savior who really does ride a white horse!
All of us have made plans that failed to materialize and experienced things that just didn’t turn out the way we’d expected. When Debbie and I built our first home, we chose the “model” plan because the end product seemed clear—but we failed to factor in human error. The subcontractors did not sequence the workflow properly, and nine days of rain soaked the interior of the house because the roof had not been covered.
We live in a world full of human error. We live in a world that can quickly extinguish all our hopes and dreams for life. But there is great news for all of us who have experienced the disappointment of unmet expectations—the Book of Revelation lets us know that everything is going to work out just right and exactly according to plan.
We have a Redeemer who is also called Faithful and True, and He will accomplish everything that He ever promised. Good will triumph over evil; death, hell and the grave will be defeated. And the redeemed of the Lord will enter into an eternity of worshiping the triumphant King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
As we rejoice about the future that will be ours as those who have been redeemed, we should also be reminded that we have a responsibility to those who do not know our triumphant Lord. Not everyone will enjoy the eternity that awaits us if we do not take the good news of salvation to the world. May the promise of His coming motivate us to accelerate our efforts to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
We are ending a year that has, I am sure, been filled with good and bad, ups and downs, gains and losses. But we serve a faithful and true God who will one day soon make all things new and right. “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).
I pray that the knowledge of His faithfulness and the promise of His coming will give us the ability to end this year with gratitude and face the future with renewed courage and hope. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Rev. 22:21).
By: Glenn Burris Jr., president of The Foursquare Church
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