Though we are called to walk by faith and not by sight, God understands how hard that is for us. Throughout scripture God provides focal points to encourage us, His children.
- The picture of Jesus as our Shepherd reminds us of God’s leading and care.
- The destination of a promised land filled with abundance calls our eyes to His provision and plan for us.
- The title King of Kings and Lord of Lords calls the eyes of our hearts to trust in His power and control.
Today, let’s look at another image God has given. It is one which rejoices the heart, brightens the eyes and even draws others to Him. Can you guess it? It is the banner. We sing of it, we use Christian flags; but do we recall the banner in the midst of life when we need it most?
Flags and banners are a common tool of every society in every age; they are a visual reminder of common ideals. The Israelites marched under the banner of their tribe; as Christians we march in a victory parade under the Banner of Christ! The banner of scripture is a reminder of God’s love, His truth and ultimately, His victory. All other flags and banners hang limp in its glorious presence!
The Banner of God is a gift to those who revere Him. It is raised up by God Himself to call us to a life of courage and joy. The banner is a visual reminder to the children of God that He is loving and powerful; and the banner has another objective. God’s blessings are always to be used to bless others. The banner is a gift God gives us that we can raise to call the world He loves so much to come into His purposes.
The Song of Solomon offers us a beautiful picture of the banner’s uses. Early in the Song, the beloved shares her delight in the banquet she has been brought to under the banner of love. Christ has brought us, His redeemed, to a feast of undeserved blessing by His love. As we look to Him, we are filled with over-flowing joy. Jesus Himself is our loving banner and source of blessing!
Later in the Song, we hear from the lover who proclaims that His beloved is as awe-inspiring as a conquering army with its banners flying. Our joy in Jesus, our banner, produces a life of victory that draws the eyes of others to the awesomeness of God. Jesus is the banner our world needs. When we see Him as our banner, our lives will be a beacon for others to gaze upon Him too.
May our eyes be fixed on Jesus, our banner, and may others see His glory in you and me today!
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” John 12:32