Shining like the Sun
And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain. - 2 Samuel 23:4
Imagine, David’s descriptive and poetical writing, paints with artistry, a picture of God’s ability to make a person’s life be as the light of a beautiful sunrise. I watch the sunrise early every morning; the view is amazing as the sky turns orange-red. I stand in awe––the incredible power of God. Then clear blue skies but some red, way down in the east, as the sun is coming up––awesome! When the grass is brown it is not beautiful but when it is green, it glistens like a sea of green––amazing––amazing.
The only woman Judge of Israel, Deborah who went to war, sang a victory song: “Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Lord! But let those who love Him be like the sun when it comes out in full strength” (Judges 5:31). When we act justly as Christians we shine in this dark world as lights: that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15).
Jesus the Son of God declared: “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). We must walk in the light:…walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
We now have the light of the Gospel: For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). Imagine, in heaven there is no sin, darkness or night, there is no need for the sun, as God’s glory illuminates His kingdom.
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