Let Him Hear: Reading Revelation For Spiritual Growth #11

I believe that I am strong in my faith and that there is nothing that will shake my faith in God and my commitment to Jesus but when I hear about stories of martyrdom or persecution I often wonder if I have what it takes to withstand bodily harm or loss for the sake of my faith. In Revelation 13, in the midst of talk about terrible beasts, we see a familiar refrain – “Whoever has ears, let him hear.” Then these words:

If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. (Rev. 13: 10)

When I read this, I was reminded of my fear that I would lack perseverance and strength in the midst of hardship. The words of scripture, though, call me to perseverance and endurance. Scripture doesn’t sugar coat anything as it describes the potential for harm that is imminent for those described in Revelation. So, how do I overcome my fear?

The Lost Dogs are a band that I have listened to for 20 years. A few years ago, they wrote a song called “Get Me Ready” and it is basically a prayer for God to prepare us for whatever will happen to us, both good and bad. As simple as it sounds to pray for God to prepare me for the future, I hadn’t considered it as an answer to my fears until I heard this song. Now I reference the lyrics all the time and it gives me comfort simply to rest in God’s ability to prepare me for what is in store for my life. I may not ever face persecution or harm because of my faith but as long as I pray for the Lord to make me ready, I know that I will have what it takes to face even the severest of crisis.

Here are the lyrics and a link to the song:

http://grooveshark.com/s/Get+Me+Ready/2D4qBG?src=5

Get me ready for the empty pocket
Get me ready for the money
The dirty bomb and the nuclear rocket
Get me ready for milk and honey

Get me ready for the Tribulation
Get me ready for the Rapture
For whatever evil situation
and whatever good comes after

Get me ready for it
Get me ready for it
Get me ready for it

Get me ready for hate and love
For a devil or an angel
For the vulture or the holy dove
For the banquet or the empty table

For long life or early grave
For the cross or for the bliss
To be a free man or a shackled slave
For helping hands or the Judas kiss

Get me ready for it….

Get me ready for the signs and wonders
For the absence and the silence
For the sunshine or the rain and thunder
The age of peace or the times of violence

For doubt and faith, for fear and hope
For the curses and the blessings
Smooth sailing or the sinking boat
For the trials and the testings

Get me ready for the broken hearted
the down trodden, deaf, blind, dumb and lame
the growing numbers of friends departed
for those who love you
or those who curse your name

Lord, get me ready to see your face
or get me ready to face you
For your justice, love and infinite grace
Get me ready (for it)
Get me ready (for it)
Get me ready to embrace you

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