Arise! Shine!

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

EarthIt is the dawn a of a new day, filled with opportunities to tell others far and wide of God’s amazing Grace. And I wonder if there might be a word from the Lord to boost us on our way as we venture forth in faith. 

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?

What could He say that would lift us above the darkening days of winter, both natural and spiritual, and give us a warming vision that sees beyond our times, so that we may patiently prevail until the chill thaws and Spring is once again upon us?

 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 bouy 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 is what the Lord is saying to you….and to me. Over the next several days I will develop this theme 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!”

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