Revelation 7:17 (ESV): 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7 is all about how God will take care of and reward those who determine to follow him. First, we read that God will have an angel seal 144,000 from every tribe of the sons of Israel.
Interestingly, these tribes do not match the names of 12 tribes as often listed in the Old Testament: Dan and Ephraim are missing, while Levi and Joseph (as well as Joseph’s son Manasseh) are included. This, among other reasons, may suggest that the 144,000 is a symbolic representation of all God’s people who will be sealed by the angel.
Next, John saw a great multitude that could not be numbered standing before the throne and the Lamb, worshipping God. This innumerable host was identified as those coming out of the great tribulation.
The elder who spoke to John said that these martyrs will serve God day and night in the temple, being sheltered by his presence, not hungering, thirsting, or suffering from the heat of the sun anymore. Instead, the Lamb will be their shepherd.
If we choose to serve Jesus and remain faithful to him, we can know that he will reward us with his favor. While we may feel all alone in the dark valleys of life, we can rest assured, for He is our shepherd. We can trust that He will renew us and replenish us. All tears and sorrows will one day be wiped away, and we will live in His presence eternally, shouting and singing in worship to Him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your assurance that you are faithful. Thank you for the promise that if we remain faithful, we can look forward to living in your very presence for eternity. Thank you that you watch out for your lambs. In Jesus’ name, Amen.