Praise And The Apocalypse

I saw an advertisement for a T-shirt today. The shirt simply read: “I survived the toilet paper apocalypse of 2020.” Perhaps you have already purchased yours! Sure enough, when in the grocery store this week, there was indeed plenty of toilet paper available. That particular crisis appears to be over!

Of all the tragic stories during this pandemic, one of the more light-hearted stories shared by many of us was that of the lack of toilet paper. If one were to indeed find a store that had ample supply, then such a person gladly shared the news on Facebook or in conversations with others. Most of us were more than happy to share exciting news of finding this essential item.

But, what about sharing the joy of the blessings of God’s handiwork? We experience the compassion and guiding hand of the Lord every day. Are we as likely to share that great news with somebody? Many of us are more prone to whining than praising. Yet, nowhere in the Bible does it say that God loves to hear the whining of his people! Instead, we read: 

“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalm 63:3)

At no time during this pandemic has God stopped loving us. At no time has His mercy and grace ceased. At no time Has his strengthening hand done anything but lift us up. Nothing this life offers can compare with His steadfast love. So, how could we possibly keep quiet when we are the recipients of such incredible favor from God? We should be offering up our praise to God daily!

The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. The Greek word, apokalypsis means “unveiling or revelation.” In fact, the opening words of Revelation 1:1 are: “The revelation (apocalypse) from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place…” 

One thing is for sure. The apocalypse of Jesus will take place when every eye will see him. So, let’s not worry about surviving the toilet paper apocalypse. Let’s focus instead on making sure our lips praise the Lord for all He has done and continues to do. Tell others about that! Then, when the real apocalypse does come, we will experience the wonders He has prepared for those who have been faithful servants! When Jesus returns, may He find our lips offering nothing but praise to Him!