Tuesday Reflection – November 05, 2019 

Shine For Jesus

When we read the creation story in Genesis, the first thing God created was light. Light was necessary for life and its importance must never be overlooked. Throughout the Bible light is given great significance. It represents God’s glory, God’s purity, God’s wisdom. In fact, light symbolizes God at work in and through us, light is life. Not just any life but life that pleases God. Life away from God is therefore characterized as a life in darkness. Isaiah 59 is addressed to God’s people who have gone astray and in need of being saved from their spiritual darkness. God will be the one to save them by sending His Son Jesus to die for their sins. Thus today’s watchword holds a promise of hope for the hopeless, life for the lifeless and light to those in the dark. Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60: 1. 

Since light symbolizes life, it is life that has come. Light is indeed life giving. John describes the coming of Jesus as the coming of life into the world. “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men”. John 1: 4. Jesus came into the world as God’s light to humankind. Verse 2 of Isaiah 60 speaks of the thick darkness on the earth and around the people but God’s glory, God’s light is able to stand out, to shine forth, in the darkness. John 1: 5 states: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit. Light will always displace darkness. Jesus came as light into this world of darkness bringing the light of life, of hope of a bright future. It says then that if we want to experience life as it should be truly lived, life lived for the pleasure of God, life that is exemplary and trend setting in this world, we ought to let the light of God shine through us and guide our path. While darkness depresses and holds us back, light calls us to action; arise, shine for your light has come. It is a call to live with the light shining through our lives, to let God’s glory become visible to all. In Matt. 5: 14 – 16 Jesus challenges us, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Dwight L. Moody said of this: ‘We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine’. That is indeed our chief responsibility as God’s children, to shine, and in shining, draw attention to the one true light of the world, Jesus Christ. Indeed he said in Matt 5: 16, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.’ May God help us to so live that Jesus is seen in and through us. Amen. 
Bevon White

MONDAY REFLECTION – The All-Encompassing God!

Monday Reflection – November 04, 2019

The All-Encompassing God!

The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. Psalm 103:17-18  

Psalm 103 is a song of thanksgiving for God’s goodness and all that he has done. David celebrates the awesome nature of God and blesses God from the depths of his soul, and with everything that he’s got. In this Psalm, David recognizes and announces the multidimensional nature of God and the varied ways in which he demonstrates his very nature. David points out the many evidences of God’s action among his people, for which he is a witness.

So David celebrates God’s forgiveness, healing, redemption, and steadfast love and mercy. He notes that God offers satisfaction for life, and renews our lives. God vindicates his people and offers justice to the oppressed. God demonstrates mercy and grace, is slow to get angry and abounds in steadfast love. God does not treat us as we rightly deserve, but extends his mercy and compassion. God knows us fully well and understands our frailty and weaknesses. In opposition to the frailty of humans, God’s mercy and love is stable and long lasting.

In the midst of our limitedness and finiteness, there is the opportunity for us experience God’s steadfast and everlasting love. And, this is not just for us, but for succeeding generations. David advises that we fear the Lord. I hasten to say that this does not mean to be afraid of God, but to be in awe of God and submit to his lordship. Indeed, those who fear the Lord keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. It is to be under the sovereign rule of God, where our lives are guided by his principles and standards.

I believe that one of the driving forces of serving God is to reflect on his goodness. It is not to forget all his benefits. When we keep in mind the goodness of God in our lives, it will serve to inspire us to faithfully serve him. Our service to God must not be seen as a duty, but as a joy and priviledge. Out of our thanksgiving for all that God has done, we fear him and keep his commandments. God desires relationship over the rule of law, because when we love God, we live to please him.

Till next week, let’s celebrate the all-encompassing God.

Jermaine Gibson