New Every Morning
Have you ever woken up in the first hours of the morning, while the earth is still blanketed in darkness, and waited for the day? Every sound seems to be magnified as you stare into the darkened canvas, hoping to catch the first glimpse of dawn.
At the start of this New Year, I believe many of us find ourselves straining to catch the light of day. We are eager for direction, reassurance, hope. Recently, as I meditated on God’s character, which, like the sun, never fails to rise when we need it most, I felt a fresh touch from Him. I want to bless and encourage you with some foundational truths to stand on as you begin the year ahead. No matter what you’re facing, I pray you remember the power of the One who shines like the sun.
In our recent podcast featuring our special guest Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, we opened by considering the beauty of the Hanukkah season which speaks of God’s light and presence in our lives. Be sure to listen to the insights we discovered, and be encouraged as you walk in them!
In a world of darkness, God is our light.
Here are some truths about light that I want to leave with you as you follow the Lord’s guidance in 2022:
Light guides. In all but the past century, those who set out to travel did so by the light of the sun. How comforting those first rays of light must have been to the weary pilgrim! Light guides us by shining on the path we are to tread. Trust God’s infinite wisdom and resolve to obey Him fully this year, as you walk where He leads.
Light protects. Oftentimes, we only think of the visual effects of light, but sunlight has other characteristics as well, such as warming. The sun’s warmth serves to hold the Earth’s climate in balance and can change a cold winter day from bitter to pleasant. I urge you to present your heart to the Lord and allow His steadfast loving kindness to warm any areas that have been chilled by the effects of a fallen world.
Light gives life. Just as the sun, the center of our solar system, gives life, the Son of God is the life source of every true believer. Declare that God is your all in all and that your provision, position, and future are entirely in His hands.
Be blessed in this New Year as you walk in Him!
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory” (Isaiah 60:19).
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