596. Watching The Sunrise

“Did you see the beautiful sunrise this morning?” Stan asked.

“No,” I responded.  “Missed it.  Was it a good one?”

“Fabulous!,” Stan replied.  “I don’t take the time to see the sun come up each morning, but when I do, I just love to see it peak over the horizon and begin to light the day.”

Continuing, he said, “It always reminds me of the wonder of God’s creation and His desire for me to live a righteous life.”

“How so?” I asked.

“That’s what it says in the Book of Proverbs,” Stan replied.  “It talks about the path of my faith walk on this side of eternity is to be like the light of dawn that shines continually brighter.”

“Kind of like being a light into the darkness?” I asked.

“Exactly, my friend,” Stan responded.  “Jesus said the same thing when He described His disciples as being the light of the world.”

Continuing, he added, “If I’m going to put myself in the category of being a disciple of Jesus, I need to be shining His light by the way I am walking the path towards greater spiritual maturity.”

“And if there’s no such light?” I asked.  “Then what?”

“There’s a disconnect between what I say and what I do,” Stan replied.  “A disconnect I better check out and get fixed by the help of the Holy Spirit.  If I choose to get myself out of His way by giving Him my dim or non-existent light, He will turn me into the light God wants for each new day.”

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The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.  Proverbs 4:18.

You are the light of the world.  Matthew 5:13.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  Genesis 1:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the light of Christ that removes all darkness from everywhere.  Thank you for the light you shine into the darkness of my life.  Thank you, too, for the presence of the Holy Spirit in me who wants to lead me in being only the light you intend for your purposes.  I confess that too often I am not the light you intend because I choose not to be a light.  Please forgive me.  And please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead so the path I walk is truly like the light of each new day.  May my light shine brighter and brighter just as you intend.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:  The only cure for darkness is light.  Is the path of your life such that it shines light into the darkness?  Why or why not?  If you can’t say it is, what can be done about it?  If your life does shine that light, how can you help others to have the same light?

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