Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
I enjoy this time of year when the days are getting longer. Seeing the sun peak over the tree tops and feeling it shine into the house, chases away the dark of winter. The sun energizes both man and beast, bulb and herb, readying us for the coming season. It’s easier to get out of bed and face the day, regardless of the world news.
The world news in Isaiah’s day wasn’t all so rosy. Isaiah lived during the decline of Israel and while the Assyrian empire, well known for their fearsome army, was expanding. Yet through Isaiah, the Lord spoke a message of hope and of future glory to His people.
Early in Israel’s history, the Lord showed his glory and light in the dessert by daily providing a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night as a sign of His guiding presence. No matter what was going on in camp below, the cloud was always there.
God remains constant. It may be dark for a season, but Jesus is coming back to set all things right. While you wait for that day, you have a choice to make: You can turn your face to the Light of hope, or turn your back on God and embrace darkness.