Jesus’ devotion to his bride is also seen in him upholding his messengers to the churches. The vision at the beginning of Revelation shows Jesus is not only walking among the lampstands, but also holding seven stars in his right hand, which represent the seven messengers (angels) to the churches.
If the church is to be a light, her messengers must also be upheld. They are like stars (suns) from which the church gets its fire. If his messengers, his servants, are “flames of fire,” then his bride will also be burning for him. But if these “stars” are merely shooting stars, falling from the sky, then there is no hope for the church. The stars need to be upheld if the church is going to be cared for.
Let us rejoice that the Lord is active in creation and he is especially watching over our own lives. He is the one that is able to keep us from falling. His very nature is to seek the lost and search for the valuable treasures that are missing. He is not repelled by the lost, but is rather attracted to them. We see this the moment Adam and Eve sin. God steps down from heaven and calls, “Where are you?”. From the beginning he was searching, and to this day he calls to those who are hiding from him: “Where are you?”
This is the first question God poses to man and until Adam answers it he cannot partake in God’s redemption. The good news is that Adam did answer the Lord’s call and we ourselves need to answer this question in raw honesty before we can be clothed with his mercy. Even though their confession was not perfect (how could it be because they were now marred by sinned), “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21, TNIV).
From the very beginning we see God’s watchful eye for man. He does not leave us lying on the ground in the throes of fear, nakedness and death. Instead he reaches out to man like the Good Samaritan.
Later on the Psalmist reflects on God’s helpful nature and writes:
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121).
Prayer: Father, you are on my side. You look after me and care for me. I thank you that you are a proactive God. When I seem to be falling let me remember that your hands are already there to uphold me.