Arise! Shine!

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)

“Arise! Shine!” And God's love will be made known far and wide.

“Arise! Shine!” And God’s love will be made known far and wide.

The question before us now as we conclude this series is, What do we do now? How do we respond to this revelation; how do we walk in this truth?

What might the Lord have to say to us at this significant moment? What word might He speak to carry us both forward and upward with a faith unfailing, a hope undying, and a love unending?

I think I know.

And it’s not new; the words have been with us for sometime now, like a perpetual torch passed down through the ages to enlighten any darkened day, and buoy any flagging spirit.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)

This is a word filled with great powers – the power of light and glory; the power of faith and courage.

This is a word that stirs us to higher things – Arise! It is a word that summons us to a nobler outlook – Shine! This word infuses us with a faith to believe and take hold of what we may not be able to actually see or feel – Your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!

And this is a word that dares us to a life of action born of a courageous faith. Notice the specific order of the words, “Arise. Shine.” The implication is that if we will do the first part, “Arise!” – then the Lord will see to it that the second part occurs, “Shine!”

And it’s there that faith and courage must respond. We might prefer it to say, “Shine, and then Arise.” You know, “Lord, if You will light me up, THEN I will take a stand and serve You.”

“No,” the Lord courteously replies, “You take a stand and serve Me, and THEN I will light you up!”

In other words, “Arise! Shine!”

This is what I believe the Lord is saying for this new day, this new season of service, and this new opportunity of advance. This is what the Lord is saying to you….and to me.

And now, in the words of the great apostle Paul, “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19 NASB). The Message says it this way, “The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next.”

So it’s up to you and me. This series of devotional posts have been presented with one thought in mind — helping you experience the presence of God; to hear His voice and find the power to do what He is telling your to do. Arise! Shine!

And God’s love will be made known far and wide.

 

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