The message of the book of Revelation is this: We are waiting for the sovereign God to come, execute his judgments, deliver us through the blood of the Lamb, and bring us into his presence forever. So this is where our trust must lie. Is this what you are waiting for?
There are certainly smaller things you are waiting for. Maybe you are waiting for retirement, or for a check to come in the mail. There are lots of things we anticipate. But in your heart, more than any anything else, are you waiting for the sovereign God to execute his judgments, save us through the blood of the Lamb, and bring us into his presence forever?
The future holds many things. For God’s people, it holds his coming above all else. If you are a Christian, you are not to spend your life worrying, but waiting. The future is not meaningless, anonymous, foreboding, and empty. No,
it is full and bright. It is a future with God! So the Christian is not afraid of the future; he is in love with it. When Jesus promises at the end of Revelation, “I am coming soon,” John responds, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (22:20). This is the ultimate desire of every saint. If you are waiting for anything else, here is a good question to ask yourself: Is your wait worth it? This is the hope we were made to run on.
If you are a non-Christian, you too are in this book. John addresses “Whoever is thirsty.” The whole verse reads, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (22:17). You are giving your life for something. You are waiting for something. What are you waiting for? Is it worth the wait? Whatever it is, will it last? Put your hope in Christ, for He is our only hope that will last beyond this life.