Many believe the goal of life is happiness. Others think success. Those who consider themselves spiritual might say going to church, reading their Bible, doing good deeds, giving more to the church, or praying more. But what should the goal of life be for a believer?
And in our reading in Revelation, we meet the Two Witnesses. With fire to devour their enemies, the power to shut heaven, turn water to blood, and strike the earth with plagues, they will warn, preach, and prophesy during the first half of the Tribulation. But what happens after their death is even more shocking.
Micah 6 & 7
Resolutions: The Goal of Life
Micah 6 & 7:
What Does the Lord Require?
Chapter 6.6-8 is so important for us to remember:
6 With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
1 Samuel 15.22 says it this way:
“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
God does not want our sacrifices alone. He isn’t looking for religious activity or mere outward obedience. What He desires is obedience from a heart that truly desires to please Him.
For a believer, the goal of life … pleasing God!
So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him (2 Cor. 5.9 NLT).
When our goal is to please Him, we will be givers. We will have a desire to spend time with Him and read His Word and do many other “good” things, but they will be the fruit of our relationship with Him, not the cause. Our motive will be love and not a need to earn something or look religious.
Today’s Other Readings:
The Source of Everything
Verse 16, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
God is the source of all provision. Sinful man often thinks he is his own source, but every gift, every talent, and every ability, ultimately come from Him. James said it this way, 1.17:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
“The leech has two daughters—Give and Give!”
Proverbs 27.20 says:
“Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”
Those who refuse to be satisfied with that which God has provided will not find contentment in what they desire or strive for either! If happiness could be found in the stuff of this world, Hollywood would be the happiest place on earth. But instead, as the media headlines attest, for the most part, it’s a merry-go-round of drinking, drugs, extramarital sex, and broken families.
His Two Witnesses
With fire to devour their enemies, the power to shut heaven, turn water to blood, and strike the earth with plagues, His two witnesses will warn, preach, and prophesy during the first half of the Tribulation.
“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth” (Rev. 11.3).
Even in the midst of God’s judgment, He sends His two witnesses with signs and wonders to warn those who will listen and offer the gift of salvation to those who will believe.
Even in their death, they will be a testimony to the power and sovereignty of God:
7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. 13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
This year is fast drawing to a close and many of us are thinking about 2018. We’ll set goals for eating better and using that gym membership. We may set financial or career goals. Some may choose a word or character trait to focus on this year. But let’s not neglect the most important area of life …
In the next few days, we’ll talk about grace, the responsibility involved in being a true friend, the second death, God as the Righteous Judge, the number 666, the book of life, and purgatory.
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