Tuesday, September 29, 2015

God Is Brighter

     Our Daily Bread reading for today included Isaiah 60:20, “Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end” (NIV). With the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, I started to think about this verse in more physical terms rather than spiritual. It the moon doesn’t wane, that that means it isn’t revolving around the earth. It is stationary, fixed in space relative to the earth so that it will always be full. In addition, if the sun does not set, there are all sorts of problems, not the least of which is that one side of the earth would be perpetually dark. Physically, these things are impossible. The only explanation for this is what God says in Isaiah 60:19, “The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory” (NIV). 

     The temporal things that we hold dear and think we can’t get along without are as pale as the sun in the presence of God. When we trust Him for everything, whether it is our daily bread (temporal things) or it is our eternal salvation, His light, never leaves us. That is great for today, but these verses are taken out of the middle of a passage that is describing the millennium reign of Jesus. Some of it is symbolic and some of it appears to be quite literal with promises for Israel that have not yet been fulfilled. This draws me back to the future and what it will be like after Jesus comes back. I’m sure that living and reigning with Jesus (Rev 20:6)[1] is going to be an experience that is out of this world, or more accurately, beyond what this world is like today. I certainly hope you will be there worshiping Jesus along with me and myriads of Christians and Old Testament saints. You will if you know Jesus.

[1] Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years (NIV).

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