Today’s devotion continues, “The Importance in John Seeing the Voice of God” with my text being Revelation 1:10-20, but my focus is vs. 17b-18 where we read “…And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (KJV) I believe these verses bring out that in John seeing the Voice of God, it brought out the Security of his Soul. In vs. 17, John sensed security in the Lord’s communication to him. John said that his Savior laid His right hand upon him and told him not to fear, the He (the Lord) was the first and the last. Our Savior is the beginner of the salvation He gave us and He will complete His work in us until we see Him one day (Philippians 1:6). Notice also the Lord’s touch upon John. We desperately need our Lord’s touch in our homes, in the prayer rooms of our churches, and also in the sanctuaries where we gather to worship our Lord.
I’m so thankful that in all of these places just mentioned, that our Lord can speak to our hearts when we are perplexed, afraid, and in trouble. He can speak the words, “fear not!” In vs. 18, John is assured of the power of the Gospel message to eternally secure his soul. This voice said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” John would remember his Lord’s death at Calvary and the wonder of his Savior’s resurrection from the garden tomb. John was reassured that the price paid for his soul would be eternally sufficient because the power to keep John saved and secure did not depend upon John, but rather on the One who arose victorious over death, hell and the grave! Once again, my Savior is the author of eternal salvation and He will complete the work He began in us all the way to the day we see Christ! Hallelujah! What a Savior is mine!
Pastor Joey Durham