Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
I recently saw two sun dogs as the sun was setting over the Puget Sound in Washington. These rainbow-patches of light will sometimes appear on either side of the sun when it is low in the sky. The crystals in the cold air act as prisms, bending the rays of light passing through them. It is thought they are called “sun dogs” as these lights to the left and right of the sun follow it around as a dog follows its master.
Today’s verse tells us that God who created light, also made light to shine within the heart of the follower of Christ. This light shines as we get to know Him. As we learn more and more of the glory of His face and presence, we begin to reflect some of that light ourselves. The light within the believer causes him to shine like stars in contrast to a “warped and crooked generation.” (Phil. 2:15) As we follow that Giver of light, we reflect Him.
I cannot generate any of this light on my own. If there is any light at all coming from me it is all a reflection of Him! It can only happen as I follow Him and stay close, just as those sun dogs do! But even a small chink of light can make a world of difference to finding my way or helping others find theirs. And the light of the knowledge of Him keeps me warm and loved in a world that can be cold and dark.
Thank you Lord, for Your life-giving light!
(Look familiar? Summer reposing while reposting!)
August 24, 2020 at 9:27 am
My husband and I went to visit our son, who had cancer for 4 years, stayed at a Hotel so they could have their schedule without extra fuss. We went down for breakfast, this man’s eyes, followed me as I got my breakfast together. I smiled, he seemed to be watching me I was a little uncomfortable, was sure I had everything on, ha. my husband was near, right behind me. I was ready to sit, only place was a long table, where he was sitting with some other family. I said good morning, and guess I smiled. He said, good morning, I want to tell you, I know you are one of us!! I said, and what would that be? He said, you are a Christian, it shines all over you. I said, yes I am, and thank you, we are here visiting our son who is very sick, but God is so good, he just shows us how God is with him, and thanks the Lord for each day. We met his wife, she had left to go to her room, and came back. We must remember to smile, God is so good. Doug is in remission after almost 5 years, God is giving him more time.
August 24, 2020 at 10:39 am
What a great story, Mary! The Lord just shines all over you!!! And your words about Doug are so encouraging. We continue our prayers for him.