We have been walking through the book of Revelation a-chapter-at-a-time in Sunday school. I’m lovin’ the journey. Yesterday was chapter 10. This is where John is told to partake of the Word of God, “Take it and eat it… in your mouth it will be sweet as honey” (v. 9).
Dr. Walvoord shares in his Revelation commentary:
To John the Word of God is sweet, because it is a word of promise, a word of grace, and a revelation of the love of God. Though he is an exile on Patmos and experiencing the bitterness of persecution, the Word is a precious assurance of his salvation, a basis for his present fellowship with Christ, and the ground for his hope of glory to be fulfilled in the future.
Partaking of the Word of God is indeed sweet. How precious God’s written revelation should be to the child of God. As David wrote in Psalm 19:9-10, “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired than gold, much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.”
The invitation to John to eat the scroll is the invitation of God to all who would participate in the blessings of His Word. Though there may be trials and afflictions for the saints of God, like John they have been promised eternal blessing when the Lord comes for His own. The trials during the brief span of the Christian’s life in this world, as he seeks to serve the Lord, are only the prelude to the eternal blessing that will be the fulfillment of God’s grace to those who trust in Christ. Like John, every saint should eat with assurance that the Word will be sweet, whatever sufferings and trials they may endure in this life.