Do you enjoy sunrises? There seems to be little that can compare to the glory of God on display early in the morning. I particularly enjoy exercising right about the time that the sun begins to peak around the mountains. The feeling of awe that comes from recognizing the creative work of God is nearly indescribable. The morning light overcomes the darkness, and a new day begins with freshness and opportunity.
It’s no wonder that the biblical writers talked much of God’s work in terms of “light.” One could do a simple search of Bible verses about light and be struck by the sheer amount of passages that use this metaphor to describe the ways of the Lord. Perhaps my favorite of these verses is John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (NIV).
Jesus certainly is the light that overcomes the darkness. When we encounter all sorts of discouragements, or when we are trying to find our way forward in difficult times, let’s remember that God will give us the light that we need to make good and healthy decisions. As the sun pierces the darkness each morning, so God pierces the shadows of sin and doubt in order to help us see meaning. His light can even help us overcome the doubts and stumbling blocks that others may put in our way to keep us from doing God’s will.
So, this week, when you see the sun come up, remember that God’s mercies are new every morning. God is faithful, and Jesus is the Light that overcomes the darkness. Be encouraged.