Rise and Shine
Isaiah 58:1-63:14Isaiah 60:1-3, “Arise, shine, for Your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to Your light, and kings to the brightness of Your dawn."
Darkness seems to cover the world at times. The dark of night pervades as a cloud seems to prohibit even a sliver of the moon’s light. Sin is blatantly celebrated, Christians are persecuted, and the unrest of political turmoil and war causes many around the globe to be without food and other basic needs. Stumbling about, many cling to whatever feels good or right to them at the moment. But false hope is like a cheap toy with a dead battery — quickly, the light fades.With that in mind, picture being in a room blanketed in thick darkness. Suddenly, a match is struck, lighting a single candle, and everything changes. In an instant, the darkness is broken as the flame’s warm glow fills the space. Eventually, more candles are lit, and the entire room is visible.Believers, it’s time to wake up! Shake off the darkness of complacency. Rid yourself off the mental cobwebs and wipe the sleepiness from your eyes. It’s time to arise and shine, for the light has come. The glory of the Lord has risen upon you. So, live in the radiant glow that’s made yours in Christ Jesus.
Lord, Let me be a LIGHT in this dark world. As I go about today, let my words, attitudes, and actions come from Your strength. In that way, may Your light pour through me onto others today that they may draw near to You. Amen.