Revelation 21 6
Updated: May 14
Where other people see coincidence, I see God. After all, if you believe He is the creator of everything, He’s the creator of coincidental events. I prefer to call it fate.
“Is God in the sun?”
My inquisitive four-year-old son asked this question from the backseat. The car seems to be the playing field for deep theological questioning and obsessive drilling of dinosaur facts. He’s an interrogator. He’s persistent and won’t stop until you answer. Then he counters your answer. Because he knows EVERYTHING.
“Well, son, God is everywhere,” I answered.
“So he’s in the sun. My teacher says he’s in the sun. And she knows more than you.”
“I think she is talking about son, s-o-n, like God and his son Jesus. They are the same,” I replied.
“No sun! Like the bright thing in the sky!”
“Well since he is everywhere, I assume he is also in the sun. Okay?” I said.
“Well is he in the trees?”
I conceded. I cannot win with a four-year-old. I mean the concept of the trinity is hard enough for an adult to understand, let alone a preschooler. The very idea of a sovereign, supernatural God can be complicated as well. How is He everywhere, all the time and always in control?
Several years ago, I remember studying the meaning of sovereignty. I started writing down a verse a day in the morning at work. I’d write them on a colorful post-it. Most verses sat in a stack on my desk, but I would pin some to my bulletin board.
I pinned Revelation 21:6 back in August of 2017.
It’s one of the few verses I have committed to memory and the blue post-it stood as a reminder of God’s sovereignty. This verse was used in several articles describing the meaning of sovereign. It is the ultimate definition, because He is above and before all things and he is everywhere. He is in supreme power. He is in control of everything.
I loved how he is everywhere so that everyone may know him. In the very last book of the Bible – The End and more importantly The New Beginning – He will make himself known so that everyone has a chance to “know” Him. He doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Recently, I stared at the post-it pinned to the bulletin board. For some reason, I looked up the verse on an online Bible app. Strangely, I noticed the wording was different.
Thinking that I had mistakenly written down the wrong verse number, I searched the whole app for the wording on my post-it.
Then I did an online search by book, chapter and verse. The verse now said “It is done.”
I concluded that I had written the verse wrong. Either that or I was losing it again. So I gave up.
A few days later, curiosity got the best of me. I Googled the entire verse the way I had it originally in quotes. I remembered this technique way back from some computer research college class. Sure enough, there it was as Revelation 21:6. Just as I had written.
Oddly, all of the articles were prior to 2018. I even emailed one of the article authors and asked her about it. She also thought it was odd, but had no explanation.
She said the new wording essentially meant the same thing as the previous wording. I disagree.
Here’s the thing, it is not done yet. He wants you to know Him. He is everywhere.
If you don’t feel His presence, pray harder.
If you don’t hear Him, listen intently.
If you don’t see Him, look again.
He is a God of second chances and third chances. He is a God of last chances.
It’s not too late.
It’s not finished.
And then He will come back as the light. Just like the tenacious four-year-old said. He will be our sun. (Revelation 22:5, ESV)
The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. (Isaiah 60:19 ESV)
And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5 ESV)
Theology, Christian. “What Does the Phrase ‘God Is Sovereign’ Really Mean?” Christianity.com, Salem Web Network, 1 Oct. 2007, www.christianity.com/theology/what-does-the-phrase-god-is-sovereign-really-mean-11555729.html.
Nsiah-Kumi. “OUR GOD IS SOVEREIGN.” PEARL NSIAH-KUMI, THE EVANGELIST WRITER, PEARL NSIAH-KUMI, THE EVANGELIST WRITER, 2 Sept. 2018, pearlkumi.com/devotions/ourgodissovereign.
Dawn Klinge. “God Is Trustworthy Because He Is Sovereign.” Dawn Klinge, Dawn Klinge, 16 Feb. 2015, www.dawnklinge.com/abovethewaves/2015/2/15/god-is-trustworthy-because-he-is-sovereign.