Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.~Isaiah 60:1 ESV
One of my favorite activities to do every year at Christmastime is to hop in the car, drive through the neighborhoods, and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights. Like moths to a flame, we are all drawn toward the light, whether it is a brilliant sunset, or a blanket of stars on a chilly, winter night.
God created us to be drawn to light and not to darkness because God Himself is Light. We are drawn to these lesser lights because they are a subtle hint and reflection of the breathtaking wonder of one day seeing God face-to-face.
Lord, may we shine like the stars in the darkness, and take part in bringing the light of salvation to the world.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
If we are drawn to little Christmas lights, no wonder the hearts of thousands will be gathered to be near Jesus and learn from Him. The light of His love and wisdom shone brighter than a thousand suns and attracted people from everywhere. They were changed by merely being in His presence. Even Moses, after being in God’s presence, had to cover his face with a veil because it shone with the glory of God (see Exodus 34:27-35).
Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai … that Moses’ face shone…~Exodus 34:29a,c NKJV
As it says in Matthew 5:16 ESV, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” If we spend time with Him, we will become like Him and shine, reflecting His glory for all to see. I want to glow with the glory of God. How about you?
Are you shining your light so those in your sphere of influence see Jesus Christ through you?
Heavenly Father, in this season of darkness, draw us ever deeper into Your presence. In that intimacy, may we catch a glimpse of Your glory and be transformed, so that we may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation” (Philippians 2:15 ESV). Like Moses, may we carry Your glory, drawing those in darkness to Your beautiful light. And like Mary, may we welcome Your Spirit to birth a miracle of life and hope within us. May we shine like the stars in the darkness, and take part in bringing the light of salvation to the world.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
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