John is now called in a vision to the throne room of God. The similarities to Isaiah's account remind us that God has always been on His throne and has always been in complete control of this universe. He is so holy and righteous that the cherubim fly around His throne proclaiming His greatness. When you are struggling with issues, this is the truth you must cling to. God Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of this universe, is on His throne and has a perfect plan for this season. In his description of this scene, John mentions "twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads." While the elders are not identified, some believe this is the twelve sons of Jacob and the twelve apostles. Their actions in these verses reveal how we should respond when God shows up unexpectedly in our lives. These men fall on their faces "before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever..." As they fall on their faces, they reveal God's incredible authority and His unmatched power. When God shows up, how do you normally respond? It is perfectly okay to pump your fist and give God a "fist bump" for His incredible work. At some point, however, we need to worship Him by falling on our faces before Him and by acknowledging who He is and what He has done.

Help me, Lord, to rest in Your plan even when I mess up and make massive mistakes. Help me to see when You show up and then respond by falling on my face before You.