Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SUNRISE

     Here we are, mid-April... rain, changing to ice pellets, to snow before morning... no danger of monotony concerning weather just now in this corner of the world. No matter in which form the wet stuff is coming down, the amount of daylight is increasing for which we are thankful.

     With each sunrise comes hope. When the darkness seems most intense, first light breaks its hold. A gigantic challenge that may threaten to overcome us in the night shrinks as the sun casts off the gloom. The prophet, Jeremiah, declared that he hoped in God because His compassions are new every morning. (Lamentations 3: 22-24)

     Fresh compassion, fresh mercy, fresh grace for each new day... help is ours for the countless things we can neither predict nor control. I heard the story of a child being guided by his father during a terrible storm. The dad threw his coat around his son and held him so the boy was in darkness. He only saw his own feet until his father drew back his protection to show the light of home.

     If we've chosen to accept the open invitation to be a part of the family, Father God keeps His children through the dark times. When Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites and Egypt was plagued with darkness, "all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings." (Exodus 10:23 NKJV) The Apostle John wrote, "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5 NKJV)

     The Lord Jesus stated that He is the light of this world and that those who follow Him, "shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12 NKJV) Each sunrise brings with it the natural light we need for the day. In the spiritual realm the One who is light is also rising from His place at His Father's right hand. His return to this earth will dispel darkness forever.

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