The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.Proverbs 4:18
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, increasing daylight is a welcome event. More light in our lives is known to have its beneficial side effects. It . . .
- Gives us Vitamin D,
- Can improve our mood,
- Stabilizes our circadian rhythms, helping us get a better and deeper night’s sleep,
- Can decrease depression,
- Helps with cognitive performance.
Small wonder we like summer!
Interestingly, light was high on God’s agenda! He knew what was good for us.
“Let there be light.” And there was light.Genesis 1:3
- Light in the Bible has come to represent something more profound than natural light. Unlike natural light—which will give us a sunburn if we get too much—we can never get too much of the true light.
Jesus is “the true light which give light to every man coming into the world.”—John 1:9
- His life was one of light and he has asked us to walk in that light.
“I am the light of the world: He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”—John 8:12
- That light is meant to transform us, to shine ever brighter unto the perfect day. In reality it is a process in our quest to reflect that light.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”—2 Corinthians 4:6
- On a far greater scale it will transform the nations when Jesus returns.
“Arise shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people, But the Lord shall arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”—Isaiah 60:1-3
Even so come Lord Jesus!
Do any “light” or “sun” thoughts come to mind? Please share a comment! Ed.
Steve Walker says
Thanks, Thomas. Great thoughts! I need to work on allowing the light to transform me.
I love this “light” verse from Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
“You, LORD, keep my lamp burning. My God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
“The LORD is my light and salvation. Whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1
Sandra Walker says
Just noticed a beautiful Chiasm in Colossians 1:2-12 It ends with “Giving thanks unto the Father, which has enabled us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in LIGHT.”
This little light of mine, may I let it shine!
Thanks for sharing! It reminds me of Malachi 4: 2: “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”
Steve Walker says
Beautiful verse—thanks, Anonymous!