The dawn from on high give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79
December 21st marks the shortest day of the year and heralds that days will get longer – welcome news for those that live in places like Canada! The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day Proverbs 4:18.
Our choices everyday determine our whether we would remain in darkness and despair or herald the sunshine of the Saviour in our lives and in our community of practice. Psalm 1 reminds us that where we stand, with whom we sit and who we follow will result in either blessing or curse.
How shall we know the way? God’s Word instructs us and illuminates our path as we immerse ourselves into reading and obeying it Psalm 119:105. When his disciples asked this question, Jesus replied, “I am the way the truth and the life” John 14:6.
Death creates a long shadow. Many people have seen death and loss in the last two years. Fear, apprehension, sadness, anger, frustration…the list goes on…is evident all around us.
Start your day, year or season of life in the light therapy of God’s Word and in obedience to the leading of the Spirit of God. As you plan your day or month, seek God’s plan, His kingdom, His righteousness first Matthew 6:33. Whether you are applying for a new job or considering moving to another house, planning a vacation or discussing the life challenges with your parents, children or colleagues, seek to understand what God is up to, even in adversity and failure.
God often places us in situations that can be dark and uncomfortable so that as we walk in His light, we also bring light and hope to people that might annoy us, hate us and despise us. One question we should ask as we enter this new year is “God, what are you up to in my life and area of influence? What do you want me to do? Where do you want me to go?” (OK, three questions!).
If you would like to discuss this more, let’s have coffee sometime (in person or virtually).