Revelation 16:8-9 – The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. The fierce heat scorched them, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.
In this chapter we see seven angels pouring out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth. The seven bowls were various plagues that caused extreme pain to the people. In the highlighted verses we see the sun become even more intense in it’s heat, and scorching the people. With this plague, as with the others, the people cursed God rather than repenting and giving him glory.
People continually miss out on the grace of God because of their rejection. God allows things to happen in our lives, and we have the choice to respond with anger and curses to Him, or with repentance and surrender to Him. So often in life, painful circumstances cause people to turn from God, but these painful situations can be a tool that causes us to turn to God, and to see our desperate need of Him. When we turn to God in repentance and surrender, He receives glory and we receive new life!
Lord, help me to use the painful circumstances that I will encounter in my life to run closer to You rather than running from You.