Saturday 12th August 2017
Revelation 12: 1-6 (NKJV)
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Today, the Apostle John describes his vision of a pregnant woman in labour pains. She gave birth to a Son who would rule all the nations (v. 5). Before the Child was born, evil forces were already prepared to destroy Him (v. 4), but the Child was protected by being miraculously snatched up to God (v. 5). This is similar to the events described in Matt. 2 concerning the birth of Jesus. King Herod had planned to kill Jesus when he learnt of His birth and mission, but God delivered Him miraculously (Matt. 2: 13-15).
In the same manner, God has continued to protect us His children from the plans of the enemy to destroy us. God has prepared a place to take care of us, and put His shield around us; He is our Shepherd (Ps. 23: 1), our Refuge, the Rock on which we stand. Even when we come face to face with strange events we cannot understand or handle, let us trust God to snatch us out of them all with His mighty power (v. 5).
Prayer: Oh mighty God, help me to trust You always as my helper and protector in Jesus name. Amen.