Tuesday: Psalm 37; Numbers 10.1-10; 1 John 5.6-12

From: David Watts

The Lord, the God of Israel, establishes a statue to mobilize his people with the sounding of trumpet blasts. The reasons God gives for sounding the trumpets are numerous, but essentially, every blast is a cry to be remembered before God. The trumpets mobilize Israel to seek remembrance and blessing from God in times of feasting, emergency, tough meetings, and fearful warfare. It is wonderful to think God provides a way to roust us in any and every situation to include him and seek his favor. The walls of Jericho falling by trumpet blast perfectly captures the power of obeying and seeking God in perilous times. 

What happens, then, when God hands trumpets not to the priests of his people, but to angels in heaven? Jesus speaks of trumpet blasts signifying the end times; John in revelation prophesies great, more ecologically focused tribulations following each trumpet blast. The alarm they sound is to the whole world that God himself is mobilizing to bring an end to all evil and beginning of the new heavens and earth. What is our response to the tumult of the ages at the mobilization of God? To stand your ground for Christ and confess his name as the two witnesses represent, for he will vindicate. The chaos of this earth and of our day-to-day lives roust us to remember God is coming to set everything right, forever.

Come, Lord Jesus! 

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 

Sinner saved by grace, Chaplain and counseling intern, Navy Vet, from Maryland.