Thursday, August 19, 2021
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Revelation 11:19 – Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm. (NIV)

My wife Evelyn and I recently went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Tennessee Theater here in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. I had forgotten what a wonderful film it is. To watch it once again on a big screen was very enjoyable and a great way to unwind after a long and arduous week. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones has always been one of my favourite movie characters, so I enjoyed the whole event.

The movie never stops or slows down — there's always something going on. I remember talking to my dad about it years ago, and he said that the movie reminded him of the cliffhanger films that he had seen as a child. I agreed. The movie has aged well. In the audience, there were lots of people who had never seen it. They were just as enthralled as I was. It was a terrific movie theater experience.

The story is all about a race between rivals who are looking for the lost Ark of the Covenant. The Ark contained the Ten Commandments etched on the original stone tablets, as well as Aaron's rod which he used to impress Pharaoh. For centuries, the Israelites used to carry it wherever they were, even into battle. At some point, the Ark became lost and archaeologists have been looking for its whereabouts ever since.

However, the Book of Revelation tells us that the Ark is no longer on earth. According to today's Scripture verse, it resides in God's heavenly temple. Searching for the Ark may make the basis for a great Spielberg movie, but it's a futile endeavour. God has it, and we won't see it again until the end of time when heaven is opened and the Ark of the Covenant is once more revealed.

As human beings, we can spend our lives looking for things in all of the wrong places. We can follow our own path and make our own way, only to realize that it leads to a dead end in this life. We can ignore God's guidance and end up nowhere. Or we can follow Christ and discover a relationship with God that not only gives us faith, hope, and love in this life, but endures forever in heaven. Now that's a treasure worth finding, a discovery worth seeking.

Question: What am I looking for in life? Is this what God wants me to seek?

Prayer: Lord God, help us to focus on the things that You want us to experience and accomplish. Keep us from going down the wrong path. Lead us to Your eternal kingdom. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, John. Point well taken!

    Great movie. Thanks, John, for sharing.

    Great post and so true, John. Thank you and God bless!

    Thank you for this meaningful example of pointing us to what to search for.

    Thank you, John for a great question which each believer must answer as we walk with our Saviour. Blessings to you on the journey.

    I enjoyed your devotional this morning. Thank you! It’s been a long time for us also since we’ve watched that movie.

    I appreciate your devotionals. Today’s on “Raiders” was good. But having spent many years in Oakland, CA my first thought was of football (should I say American football).
    I like reading your devotional, keep writing.

    Thank you, John, for this devotional and the many others that have caused me to stop and reflect on God’s plans and purposes for my life. As God is transitioning me to live differently for him, your words brought me clarity and comfort and pointed me to Christ.
    Blessings on your devotionals and on you,

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Yes! I well remember that movie! Loved it… except for the snake pit scene! Was thinking about that scene recently and how it represents life’s many pitfalls placed here by Satan to trip us up. Thank God for His guiding hand!

    Dear John,
    I remember watching that movie as a teenager. All I remember from it was a place full of snakes and the scene where a person’s face melts off.
    I don’t think I would ever want to watch it age just.
    Funny how our perspectives are so different!

    Good morning John,
    As always, when I see your name, I know the devotion will be special. I too love the Indiana Jones movie. I especially love the part where Indiana walks out across the chasm – on faith – one small step at a time.
    It is a nice metaphor – although not entirely practical in a real mountainous setting.
    Your final question is a very good one! Thanks so much.
    Blessings on your day.

    Good morning John,
    I had to look up how long ago “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was made – 1981- forty years. I did not realize that in Revelations it tells us the Ark is in heaven. I have watched a documentary where they are looking for it in Africa. I do believe the Bible was written by God.
    Your message of what does God want us to seek in our lives is very important. He gave us free will and we must remember to seek God’s will. This is very important but also very difficult but worth the effort. It is wonderful that people share their thoughts to help keep us on track.
    I could feel the enjoyment you have in this movie, and I am glad you were inspired to share your thoughts and belief with others. Each time we glean a new piece of knowledge from the Bible helps us on our faith journey. Thank you and may you continue to share with others.


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