Unspeakable Joy Devotional

September 19th

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Turn The Light On. Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”

If you are news junkie, you’re aware of all the bad news in the world. Or maybe hard things have come your way. Either way, most of us resonate with how the prophet Isaiah colors the earth in Isaiah 60:1-3.

Rather than using stunning blue and greens to describe our world, Isaiah speaks of Earth’s spiritual atmosphere in other terms. He says, “For, behold, the darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people…..” vs. 2a

If you don’t turn off the tv, get off the internet and put your phones down, it can overwhelm you the horror and evil that is pushed at us every day. We get to a point and these things may deface the image of Christ we have in our heart. In the midst of difficulties both near and far, how can we hold onto an image of God that highlights His power and goodness? So many questions come in the midst of darkness. “Why doesn’t God do something?” “Why is there so much evil in the world?” And more personally, “Why doesn’t God help me?”

Isaiah didn’t offer answers to these questions. Instead, he listened for God’s voice and then spoke the word God gave him. He painted a picture of an earth covered in thick darkness, yet he also spoke of a light so strong it would pierce the darkness. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come..” vs. 1

Like Isaiah and the people he spoke to, we sometimes feel mired in gloom. There is so much darkness in the world. Fortunately, we are not left alone to stumble in the darkness. We have been given Jesus, the light by which we filter life’s hardships.

Today, let’s take a few moments to move our focus from the world’s problems to God. As we do, let’s ask Jesus, to give us a deeper vision of who He is, praying that His character will shine like a light through us. Let’s also ask for His help in seeing tragedies and bad news through His eyes, trusting that He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

As you pray, remember the darkness is nothing but the absence of light. It’s a negative-a nothing. As soon as you flip the switch, the darkness vanishes. Today, ask God to turn the light on in you, so that others will see His power and come to know His goodness.

Lord, I need a deeper vision of who You are. As I seek You, please draw me close and fill me with Your presence. Then turn the light on in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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