“’…who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.’” Revelation 3:7b-8a
Jesus is in control. Even in times of seeming chaos and confusion, we can trust Him and we can trust His plan.
We don’t know much about the city of Philadelphia, nor the church to whom this letter was addressed. We do know that it was a smaller town with a thriving agricultural industry, due to the fertile soil of the valley in which it was located. But this was due in large part to volcanic activity which would periodically disperse ash throughout the region. In A.D. 17, the city was virtually destroyed by a major earthquake. The details of that event were no doubt passed down to future generations, and impacted the way in which people responded to subsequent tremors and smaller eruptions.
Whether it is the potential of natural disasters or the potential of relational turmoil, all of us live in a world of uncertainty. Yet, as God’s people, we live in the knowledge that He is in control. When Jesus calmed the sea in Luke [8:22]-25, He demonstrated His power over nature.
But in today’s passage, we see that His power doesn’t end there. His plans cannot be thwarted by anyone. He opens doors that no one can close. Isn’t that good to know? The promised Messiah has opened up the gate to His Kingdom. His enemy cannot shut it. We have access to eternal blessings because of Jesus. And we need not fear that those blessings will end. For He literally holds the key.
Gracious Father, thank You that You are faithful to Your promises. Amen.
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