“Every source of life, comfort, and hope finds its true fulfillment in God, that he may be our all in all.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 2, 2022
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, NKJV
My youngest child recently found himself in a precarious position, at least in his young mind. Having to give up his bedroom for nephews that were spending the night, he bunked up in his sister’s room in a sleeping bag on the floor. Though safe and secure in every way, the change of environment and the new sights and sounds that came with it were proving to be too much for his sensitive young soul. We seemed to have a solution with a bright lamp turned on and shining right by his head, driving out the shadows and darkness of night. However, his older sisters were less enthusiastic about said lamp, and so after an extended debate, as parental exhaustion began to set in, our son soon found himself asleep in his sleeping bag, yet now next to my bed.
Interestingly, and the reason why I’m sharing this story with you in the first place, once my son came into the room with my wife and me, there wasn’t a single mention of a lamp or needing a nightlight in any form. For him, our presence was all the security and comfort that he desired. In fact, this was the comfort he longed for all along, with the upstairs lamp simply serving as a makeshift substitute.
Throughout Scripture, we are given promises of the nearness of God. We are reminded that he draws near to us in love and comforts his people. Yet in Isaiah 60, we see a particularly moving passage of Scripture, one in which we see how every source of life, comfort, and hope finds its true fulfillment in God, fading away that he may eventually be our all in all.
In our lives, there are countless “suns and moons” that we seek out to lighten our path. The light of education and knowledge. The light of relational intimacy and love. The light of service and sacrificial care. Each of these and countless more have their place in our lives, and are good and right. Yet a day will come when each will pass away, or perhaps more accurately, will themselves be captured and taken in by the uncreated, everlasting light of God.
Today, give thanks for the small lights in your life, the people, places, and experiences that point you in the way of truth. However, remember that each is meant to remind you and draw you deeper into the perfect love of the Father, for it is there, and only there, that we find our true peace and know we are home, simply because of who we are with.
Father, comfort us today with the gift of your presence, for you alone are the light that drives out every form of darkness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
How can you today more fully draw near to the Lord, just as he draws near to you?
Jenn Johnson: Nearness
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