Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
(Revelation 8:1 (NIV))
What do you think of when you think of heaven?
I would venture to say that you don’t think of it as a silent place, especially when you consider what is written of in Revelation 4:8.
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.”
(Revelation 4:8 (NIV))
We know that God is being praised continually, for heaven is a place of great joy. There is never silence, for silence means that the praise has stopped. It means that something is about to happen that makes all of heaven stop in their tracks.
I can only imagine what heaven will be like, but I cannot bear the thought of what heaven will be like for that half an hour. Nor can I imagine the terrible things that the silence will mark the beginning of. Humanity has fallen hard into our sinful ways. We all deserve what the silence marks. Fortunately, God is a God of love, grace and mercy. He has given each of us a way out of this terrible fate if we will only accept that grace. All that we have to do is proclaim that His Son, Jesus, is our personal Lord and Savior and we shall escape the terrible things that are the judgments upon this sinful world.
Every being in heaven will sit in silence out of awe of the great magnitude of times that will soon begin. New believers will feel the silence. Scoffers will not even notice.
How will you perceive this solemn moment in time?