A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. Isaiah 40:3-4
Christians are not called to be successful; we are called to be faithful. (Dan Story)
Soon Advent will begin. Soon we will be waiting expectantly for the night when The Promised On is born. What sort of light will illuminate the birth of the Christ Child?
Why did I Isaiah think that it would the Lord would shed light that safely marks our path forward? (Read what Paul wrote to Timothy– “God … is immortal and … lives in unapproachable light.” 1 Timothy 6:16 Then read what Jesus said– “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12)
The psalmist associated God with light and guidance, too. He wrote, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 What did the psalmist think was the source of the “light of the Lord?”
When we pray, we sometimes say that we go to the throne of grace. What feature characterizes God’s throne? “Before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.” Revelation 4:2-3
At the end of time, when the new heaven and earth appear, the holy city will be a city of light. Why? “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.” Revelation 21:23-25
How would you describe the experience of walking in the light of the Lord?
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