Saturday, March 25, 2017

Isaiah 24:23 -- On Outshining the Sun

"Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously."
Isaiah 24:23

The moon and the sun will be confounded and ashamed, seemingly by the Lord's presence.  I am not sure what that means in terms of the solar system, but it does seems to imply at least that the Lord outshines the Sun, which is pretty cool, but might also mean that either we need some serious sunglasses in preparation for the Second Coming, or, more likely, we are going to have to be changed in order to stand before the Lord.  From similar scriptures it doesn't seem like there are going to be a lot of people able to do that (Isaiah 4:3).

I think this is scary in one way, but in another it helps us to understand / remember the true majesty and power of God, which I think we often forget.  It is good to pray to God as a friend and to know that he loves us, but it is also good to remember his power, and the importance of his word.  He *really* knows everything.  He really *is* all powerful... following him isn't just a nice idea or some random guideline that we should follow as often as we follow the speed limit.  God's plan is essential to our long term health and happiness, and that of all the people around us as well.

Today, let's remember how shiny God is, and how glorious.  Let's remember that he loves us and that he has the knowledge and the power to help us through anything.  Let's be counted among his people as he outshines everything else that seems to matter.

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