Thank You, Father, for the good night’s sleep! Getting up before 3:00 am yesterday was a challenge but it is all good. May I find Your blessings in this day, Father. I know they are there in abundance; I just want to find them so I can give You all the praise!
Revelation 2:1 (<<click green)
“Write this letter to the [messenger] of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands…”
I realize that this was already stated in 1:16 and 20 and that You explained that the stars represent the messengers to the churches. But as I started to read chapter 2 this morning, the statement that the “stars” are in Your “right hand” leaped out at me.
I know (and verified with Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology) that the words “right” and “hand” both represent “the ownership, power, or control that its possessor…exercises” and “a place of salvation, refuge, and protection.” …and to think, as the “seven stars” are, we are in Your right hand!
Lord, I acknowledge the ownership, power, and control over me because I fully realize the salvation, refuge, and protection that is fully extended to me. It is humbling (to say the least!) that the Almighty Creator God has me in the hollow of His hand. But I know that You love me. You created me along with everything else in all the universes yet I am important to You. Once again Ephesians 1:4,
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”
We find ourselves in the hollow of Your hand but we are also the apple of Your eye. (Psalm 17:8)
Lord, may I hold You in the utmost of reverence but may Your power and love find expression through my life as well. Amen.
June 22nd, Thurs, 8:08 am