Following Christ’s ascension to be with His Heavenly Father, God’s people (symbolized by the woman) now is seen fleeing into the wilderness (this fallen world). While in the wilderness, she has been given a place of refuge, “a place prepared of God”.
What is this place and where can it be found?
There are many ways that we can describe this place of safety given by God for His people. One of these ways is found in Psalm 91:1-2…
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
This wonderful place prepared of the Lord is found under the shadow of the Lord’s wings, protected and secure in His presence. Folks, this is the special place He has prepared for His people.
David understood this truth…
“To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” (Psa 57:1 KJV)
As did Isaiah…
“And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” (Isa 4:5-6 KJV)
Folks, may we all learn to dwell in the presence of our Lord as we journey through our life here on earth. How do we dwell in His presence? By allowing ourselves to always be humbly in submission to His will.
This will only take place when we possess:
- a recognition of our sinful condition,
- a true sorrow for our sins,
- a change of mind causing us to turn away from our sins
- and a consciousness of our constant need of grace …
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (Jas 4:6-10 KJV)
May we all seek to continually dwell in our Saviour’s place of refuge that He has prepared for each one of us.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation