“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah was speaking of the future glory of Zion, Jerusalem, and Israel. It is a vision regarding God’s covenant people. He went further to say that darkness would cover the earth and gross darkness the people. However, in the midst of the darkness, God’s people would shine because the Lord would arise upon them and His glory would visibly appear upon them. I believe the prophet’s words are relevant for our day and generation. While many in this age succumb to and partake in the love of the world — the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life — darkness is abounding and spreading throughout our world. Jesus is the “Light of the World” and for those that accept Him into their hearts, are baptized in His name, and receive the baptism of His Spirit, they too become the light with Jesus shining from the inside out. However, some become ashamed of their light and hide it. They are afraid to be different and to be the example of holiness in an unholy world. Despite those apprehensions, we must arise — get up and out of darkness, awake from our slumber, rededicate our lives to Christ’s teaching — and then shine. Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of the world. As lights, we were created to shine. When we find ourselves operating in God’s Divine Will, Divine Order, and in our purpose and passion, then we will truly shine before men in a dark world. Others in the world will see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father. As you read these words, the Spirit of the Lord and his glory is upon you! It is His anointing that enables you for every good work. Now, Arise and Shine!!
Blessings on You!