Friday, October 24, 2014

Isaiah 60:19-20 -- On Everlasting Light

"The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting blight, and thy God thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."
Isaiah 60:19-20

This is astounding.  I think somewhere in the back of our minds we still think that there are things that are kind of bigger than God.  Things that he can't do anything about.  And I think the Sun might be one of them.  But here, and also in Revelations 21:23 and 22:5, it talks about God being all we need rather than a sun.  And I love the idea of the sun never going down, at least in a spiritual sense, because God *is* the sun to us, and we never need to live in darkness again.  I also like the symbolic way that it ties darkness and mourning together.  Our lives are often filled with sorrow and darkness because we choose not to walk in the light, and unless we *are* in the light, we can't understand the same things that we can understand when we can see clearly.  The idea of always being able to understand and see clearly, and never mourning or walking in shadow... that is compelling.
Today, let's remember that God is over everything, even the sun.  And that *he* is our light and warmth and life.  With him nothing can cast a shadow or darken the understanding.  Let's look forward to the day when our sun will never go down.

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