Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2011 Apr 01
“Until he Morning Star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
Think about two stars.
The evening star suggests the slowing down of life as the day ends and night approaches. It has about it the feel of deepening gloom. But the morning star speaks of energy and the approach of another new day with all its uncharted possibilities. The morning star says, “Wake up, you sleepyhead. Rise and shine. A new day has dawned!”
Did you ever try to stay up all night?
It’s not easy. Most people fall asleep by midnight and almost everyone is asleep by 1 AM. But a few hardy souls will stay up until dawn. They will tell you that the hardest hours are from 3-5 AM, when you know the night is mostly past and the dawn can’t be far away, but around you all is black.
Then you see it!
When the morning star rises on the eastern horizon, you know the first rays of dawn are not far away. The long night is almost over.
Small wonder, then, that Jesus himself was announced to the world by a star shining in the east (Matthew 2:1-2). The Magi became the “Wise Men” by following that star all the way to Bethlehem. When the Morning Star rises in our hearts, we too will become wise because we will be filled with the knowledge of Christ. Like the sages of old, the knowledge of our Lord leads us to worship him freely, gladly, and to give him the best that we have.
Do not despair if the world seems to grow darker every day for the darker the night, the brighter the light shines. The stars are for the night, and when the Morning Star shines, it lights up the whole world.
The Morning Star shines as day is about to break. Jesus is coming. Are you ready?
We await your coming from heaven with great anticipation. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.