‘They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.’ Rev 20:9
In this descriptive passage, you get a very clear picture of the enemies of God marching towards and surrounding God’s chosen people.
Whosoever names the Name of Christ puts themselves in a vulnerable position of becoming a target of the enemy. This thought is enough to scare some folks off before they get started on the Christian path. It’s fair to say that none of us like the thought of having enemies or the thought of Satan’s hosts making us their target. None of us have any idea how difficult and fierce the battle can be at times to simply choose right and follow Christ wholeheartedly. Perhaps it is just as well we don’t in case we grow faint hearted.
So why are there Christians who will follow so wholeheartedly that they become that target? It’s because of those small words ‘the city he loves’. We become the child He loves, or the people He loves. To know we are loved of God is to reach the very state for which we were born. It can only be described as exquisitely beautiful to know you are safe in His arms, it is like coming home to the very place you belong. Knowing that you are precious in His sight is the most heavenly, contented and special feeling you will ever experience in this lifetime. Falling in love with another is but a shadow of the love God has for us and we for Him.
The enemies of God haven’t any knowledge of the power of this Love. In their relentless pursuit to destroy, they meet in our Heavenly Father the fierce protection of parenthood. The truth is we are totally safe in His arms. No matter what is said, accusations that are made or looks that are drawn, we are perfectly at rest and, more than this, we are the beloved of the Lord.
“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between His shoulders.”
The greater the battle, the more intimate and precious our Lord becomes to us. The closer He will draw us, near to His heart, between His shoulders. Never be afraid of what is ahead of you. He will hold you close under the shelter of His wings.