RESET: The Vision.

daily text logoDecember 7, 2014

Revelation 22:1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.


true-hopeThe World began with the God who gives Light.

The World will one day begin again with the God who gives Light.

We must remember the beginning in all its glory. Equally important, we must anticipate the end, which will be the new beginning, in all its glory.

People tend to go in one of two directions as relates to the end of the world as we know it. They either face enormous apocalyptic anxiety or they tend to ignore it altogether.

There is another alternative; not a third way, but the biblical version, also known as the beatific vision.

That’s where we are headed this week; a reset of our vision of ultimate reality.

For now, figure out which side of the equation you tend to fall on– anxiety and fear or ignorance and indifference.

To look forward to a new Heaven and a new Earth is not to wish the present one away. It means rather, to live in the present with profound hope. True hope means living with neither regrets about the past or anxieties concerning the future.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen.


J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at

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