Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship
Robert D. Pace
It’s interesting that in various places Scripture uses “oil and wine” to symbolize that which is essential for living (Deuteronomy 7:13; Hosea 2:8). In the Old Testament, the Prophets taught that Jehovah used it to supply for man’s basic needs; in the New Testament the Good Samaritan poured in the “oil and wine” for the beaten traveler’s recovery. Thus, when Revelation depicts God’s wrath poured out with unequalled vengeance, and yet preserves the “oil and wine,” it demonstrates how God’s grace provides for the survival of the redeemed ones amidst a generation of woefully wicked sinners.
What about you? Are you surrounded with sins, failures, and wrong choices that make you feel unworthy of God’s provision? Do you sense you have forfeited a legal right to claim God’s purpose for your life? Remember something: The ancient Israelites did not claim the Promised Land or God’s blessings because of their “righteousness or the uprightness of [their] heart” (Deuteronomy 9:4-5). The Bible makes it clear that God granted blessings to Israel for the sake of His Name! And God always fulfills His promises to preserve the integrity of His Name–even for you! So lift up your head, God has preserved the “oil and wine,” even now, for your well-being. Praise Him for His promises, for His name is “Faithful,” and He will stand by His Word.