July 11


"In the midst of the seven lampstands [was] One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band" (Revelation 1:13, NKJV).

In language rich in meaningful symbolism, John the beloved, describes his adorable Lord as walking "in the midst of the seven lampstands" (Revelation 1:13, NKJV). What a wealth of encouragement this portrait brings to God's church!

The seven golden lampstands are a glowing, symbolic representation of God's universal church in its completeness (see Revelation 1:20). The golden quality of the lampstands represents the preciousness of the church in God's sight. There is nothing in all the universe that is as precious to God as His church. No wonder John sees Christ walking in the midst of His dear people (see Revelation 1:20;2:1). He is the same one who appeared with the three Hebrews in the burning furnace as the "fourth man" in the fire (see Daniel 3:25). John's vision of his Master walking majestically among the golden lampstands is another reaffirmation of Christ's ever-abiding presence with His people.

In Revelation 1:13, John sees Christ standing amidst the lampstands. In chapter 2:1, he describes Him as walking among His people. This is a double assurance of Christ's continuing watchcare and presence. Our glorified Lord and Saviour still walks with His people today and will do so until the end of the age. "Christ is in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, walking from church to church, from congregation to congregation, from heart to heart... [He] is the Watchman of the house... The presence of Christ is the secret of our life and light."--Signs of the Times, February 12, 1902.

My Prayer Today: Lord, I am encouraged because You constantly walk in the midst of Your people. Thank You for Your abiding presence. Amen.