How Sweet is the Light

 

“Light is sweet and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 11:7.

Oh, how we love the light after the bleak and after the dreary! When skies are clouded with grey, oh yes, how we love the light then! Oh, how we cherish the rays of the sun when they win and fight their way through tough clouds and how we remember those rays of sunlight with favour in the storms and in the darkness of our lives. Yeah, in those desperately, dark days sometimes we just want to throw in the towel and cease to run and forget to stand, don’t we?

Yeah, those just ‘give up” kind of days where we, for some reason, just can’t even stand on the promises of God! Some days and some seasons, It’s difficult to stand for the Truth, to stand for what’s right, to stand for the Light, or to stand for anything at all, isn’t it? No light, no sun, no hope, no motivation and who cares anyway? Just give it all up and dissipate into oblivion. It seems so much easier and safer that way!

Victory In The Cross

Beautiful soul, are you ‘standing’ strong still or has uninvited trouble sideswiped you off stance, off course, run you off-track and mislead you out of whack? Has your world spiralled downward with all manner of distractions, and taken you along for the plummet? Yes, even when the sun shines and the days are good, we don’t see the light of it always, because too much stuff is in the way of our belief and too much dark covers our insight and blinds our pathway.

“They have eyes, but they see not, ears, but they hear not”

Jeremiah 5: 21.

We cringe, we fear, we recoil and withdraw because even in the sunlight the mind is bleak and dreary some days. Well you and I and we and us ~ When we can’t find the sun, it’s crucial that we look to the Son and the Savior to find His love gracing us even in the dark. Find His care watching over us, even in the night. Find His awesome grace sustaining us over the hard places and the difficult challenges. Find the Truth in His Word to light our way and His protection to guard our minds, our hearts and our souls.

Yeah, in the dark, when the sun isn’t shining for the time, we must seek Him, find Him and follow Him! We dare not wait for life to be perfect and light before we determine to see the sweet, sweet light of Jesus’ face in the inclement weather of life itself.

The writer of Ecclesiastes wisely states in 11: 4,

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”

We truly have a need to look beyond the cloud and see the Son even in our darkest hour because when we see the Son, the sun will shine again and once again hope will rise up within our souls.

~k
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalm 119: 105

The Resurrected Power

I get it that some days we clearly don’t feel like the resurrected people that we are. Yeah, we’ve been transformed, renewed, forgiven and made righteous through Christ and now the old is gone and the new lives on with Christ’s resurrected power in us, but yet we fail to live it out where the rubber meets the road.

So, we’re in a slump and a snag? So we fail, we fall, we feel all in but our shoelaces, however, we have important choices to make and so we do. We either choose badly or we choose wisely. We can choose to spiral down the ‘sin’ slope farther with a bitter spirit, and revenge, or we can choose to wise up, rise up, stop blaming others, and take responsibility for our actions. We can choose to move ahead, beyond the guilt of failure! I love how Peter rose up after his failure and denial of Christ, don’t you? Where Judas fell under the weight of his guilt and ended his life in remorse, Peter went on with Christ, with sins forgiven, and preached 50 days later.

Peter chose life after his failure, where Judas chose death out of remorse. We have the option to do the same. Christ’s resurrection power dwells in us and His forgiveness empowers us to keep shining even after a fall. Yeah, so make wise decisions even in the consequences of bad choices and choose life. Choose the resurrection power of Christ in us, the hope of glory!

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All Gone Wrong Days

A bad week so far? Maybe it’s already been a drastic day of all gone wrong that can and you’re left wondering if you can still selvedge any of its precious moments in time enough to keep some kind of sanity in this all gone wrong world of yours?

Some days are just like that, aren’t they? Well, you gotta know that even in the midst of all the fuss and fight, conundrum and confusion and hard stuff that’s going on, God’s right there with you on it and holds it all so tightly in His hand!

Yeah, and He does know your frustration and your panic and the worry that nips in that apprehensive heart of yours! And those ties that wrap you in tight knots that won’t undo, around that mind of yours? Yeah, He knows those too. So, that next hard thing and difficult place ~ Just float through it right into His sweet, safekeeping! Under the shelter of His wing! Safe on the rock of His protection! Secure in His shield and confident in His salvation.

He is there for you even on the rainy days and the blue days, and the so gone-wrong days. He led David through a few of those with a jealous Saul in relentless pursuit. David knew death entangled him and torrents of destruction overwhelmed him but he called on his God for help and His God delivered him and gave him a song and he gave praise back to the God who delivered, with the words of the song in Psalm 18: 1, 2, 3

“I love you O Lord my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the Horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

In Our Darkest Hour

 

It’s in our darkest hour that God comes! He enters into the problem, although we may not be aware of His exact timing and presence in those lonely despairing times.

Ponder Moses, when he asked God to reveal His glory. God answered that He would make all of His goodness pass before him but that He couldn’t reveal the glory and radiance of His face or Moses would surely die.

Get this! Moses couldn’t watch! He couldn’t see God when He did His work. Why? Well, take a look at that conversation. Ponder it deeply in your heart of hearts and in your deepest soul. Tuck it in there for safekeeping on a stormy day, when the winds howl and the wolves prowl.

Exodus 33:17-20 says,

The Lord replied to Moses,

“I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favourably on you, and I know you by name.’

Moses responded,

“Then show me your glorious presence.”

The Lord replied,

“I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live. Look stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with me hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind, but you will not see my face.” Exodus 33: 17 – 23

Friends, it’s dark there in the crevice of the rock with the Lord’s hand covering our eyes, don’t you think? But it’s safe there in the shelter of that rock as God does His thing to reveal His glory in our circumstances. He did it for Moses, and He does it for us if we give Him the reigns to shelter us from the trouble and hide us securely protected from His awesome work. So, we may feel in the dark these days and yeah, we might not be aware of His presence when He presents Himself in the struggle, because He covers us with His hand so we can’t see His face, but it’s here, He’s working with a powerful, sovereign hand to fix it all just the way He desires to fix it. It’s in the dark He works so sovereignly to reveal His glory and to shine directly and radiantly into our darkest of dark.

Oh yes, you and I and we and us, how often do we look back at the struggle that just past, and although we didn’t see Him, we know that we know He was there because it could have only been God that performed and orchestrated such amazing work in such perfected fashion?

So for you today, in the dark, down, needing desperately to see something from the Lord, hold on to hope and stay safely there in that dark spot, in that safe place, protected right there, until God is finished doing what He’s doing. When He takes away His hand, then look! Then smile! Then be thankful for the dark that just passed over!
Now it’s safe to see what He’s accomplished.

Beautiful one, how blessed we are to know His goodness and to see His glory revealed after the darkness has passed.