Friday, December 18, 2009

Arise, Shine!


1
Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

(Isaiah 60:1-3, New King James Version)

Arise, Shine!

With it only being one week before Christmas, I thought I would write Christmas devotions for the next week. Isaiah 60 is a perfect place to start; verses 1 - 3 are quite familiar as they are used as the text for parts of Handel's, Messiah, which is often sung at this time of the year.

The coming of Christ is not confined to the New Testament; as a matter of fact, there are many Bible passages such as this one from Isaiah 60, which proclaim the coming of the Messiah, the Light.

A quick perusal of history, especially church history reveals to us that darkness was, indeed, over the face of the earth at the time of the birth of Christ. As is also happening in our day, darkness even covered the church.

We love light, do we not? Especially at Christmas, how we enjoy the colored light displays. Yet, in the middle of all of the beautiful Christmas lights, darkness still pervades the minds of most people. How can that be?

God is calling Christians, not just unbelievers, to come to Christ, the Light.

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.

Have you ever pondered your purpose, as a Christian, on this earth? Often, we are the only light that those who walk in darkness all around us ever see. What kind of light display do they see in us? Are we one of those lights that just cannot decide whether it wants to stay on or not? There is nothing more irritating than a light that struggles to stay lit. Just try reading a good book when the light you are using flickers continuously.

Unfortunately, many Christians today are just like that flickering light. We tend to shine our brightest when we are among other Christians, but how soon our light starts to flicker when we are surrounded by people of the world. Yet, one small light, shining in the darkness, spreads hope to the lost who are stumbling blindly in that darkness.

As Christmas draws nearer each day, let us draw near to Christ, the Light, who came so long ago as a baby in a manger. He was not courted in the halls of kings, but was placed in the humble home of Mary and Joseph. Yet, His Light has spread from that humble beginning and has covered the earth.

Take some time today to thank God for His light that has shone down upon you, and pray that God will use you to be a beautiful light display before others. May the Lord arise over you, and may His glory be seen upon you.

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.

God Bless You,
Linda

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