Chapter-a-Day Revelation 13

Ignorant_of_the_reason_for_the_pain[The Beast] was permitted to make war on God’s holy people and conquer them. It held absolute sway over all tribes and peoples, tongues and races. Revelation 13:7 (TM)

I remember taking my daughter to the hospital when she very young. She was sick and needed injections of a powerful drug in order for her to regain health. As the nurses prepared the injection she began to scream and kick. With increasing panic and disbelief, she desperately pleaded with me not to let them give her the shot.

"Daddy! NO! Don’t let them, DADDY!" she cried as her arms and legs began to flail uncontrollably. The obvious sense of betrayal she felt was evident in her cries. She held me personally responsible for allowing these people to hurt her. I was her protector. I had the power and authority to stop them and I wasn’t doing so.

As the nurse with the needle drew near she flew into a near uncontrollable fit of fear and rage. With tears streaming down my cheeks, I used my strength to hold her down so that the nurse to inflict the pain of an injection. To this day, I can hear her tiny voice screaming, "NO DADDY!" with that tone of utter astonishment, sense of betrayal, and anger. I can feel her small body struggling against me. Tears still come to my eyes as I think about it.

I’m not a philosopher, and I’m not much of a theologian. I don’t know why God permits evil to have absolute sway for a time (and it’s important to note that He permits it for a limited time). Nevertheless, as the father of a toddler who doesn’t understand why daddy permits her to experience the pain of an injection, I trust that our Heavenly Father has a much broader knowledge and grasp of the big picture than this tiny, spiritual infant does.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Aidanlove.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Revelation 13”

  1. I appreciated your comments today, Tom. I especially agree with the part about God allowing pain but only for a time. It makes me think of the phrase, “God gives you only what you can handle.”

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