Words of Wisdom: Let Your Light Source Shine
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD shines over you. For look, darkness covers the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the LORD will shine over you and His glory will appear over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your radiance. Raise your eyes and look around: they all gather and come to you; your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be carried on the hip. Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will tremble and rejoice, because the riches of the sea will become yours, and the wealth of the nations will come to you. Caravans of camels will cover your land – young camels of Midian and Ephah – all of them will come from Sheba. They will carry gold and frankincense and proclaim the praises of the LORD! Your gates will always be open; they will never be shut day or night so that the wealth of the nations may be brought into you, with their kings being led in procession. The sun will no longer be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor. Your sun will no longer set, and your moon will not fade; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your sorrow will be over. Isaiah 60: 1-6, 11, 19-20 (HCSB)
This passage is loaded with words of wisdom that Jesus echoed in His ministry, and even pointed to the Gospel story of His birth and the reaction of the nations to it. The great star that pointed to His birth in history is a direct inference to the Light that the Lord would provide to a dark world to point the way. Likewise, nations represented by the wise men came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Granted no mention is made of the myrrh is in this passage, but is it relative that myrrh was added because it was a burial spice used in the Middle East region in the embalming process. Likewise, in John’s Gospel and letters to the church the inference to the “Light” is clear, as well as the Book of Revelation pointing to the Lord’s ultimate city having no need of the sun or moon because the Lord’s glory would bring unending light to it!
These metaphors are awesome and practical to every life in every setting of time and circumstance. “Darkness” is always a metaphor for ignorance and absence of knowledge, which causes fear and frustration as we stumble through life on our own, however the Lord provides us with the “light,” which reflects knowledge and truth to guide us in life. Light and life are connected because you cannot live without it. Death is always connected with darkness because we will die when there is an absence of light. Artificial light will never suffice and though we try hard to light our own way, it is never sufficient to overcome the darkness that surrounds us. Even the Sun and Moon have a limited life span to influence our lives, thanks to God’s creative design. However, the Lord tells us He will ultimately be the source of everlasting, unyielding light that will forever influence those who enter His city.
So how can we respond? First, seek the source of light – the revelation of truth and real life – by seeking first God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word. You will discover the great eternally valuable nuggets of truth that will change the focus of your life. The one thing you will come to realize is this: Life is not about us, but about seeking the glory of the Lord and His light. Only His light guarantees life everlasting! All other sources of light or truth are temporal and darkness is in the future of such misguided pursuits that chase after what are only shadows of death.
When searching God’s Word, be open to God’s influence from the beginning of time. The message never changed from the days of Abraham, to Moses, to David, to the message of Christ and His apostles in the New Testament. There is no conflict. Seek the covenant connection and your life will discover the real “light.” God is shedding His light upon us all, if only we will seek it and claim it.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created f through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. John 1: 1-5 (HCSB)
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (HCSB)