Tuesday, October 14, 2014

it's always sunset to sunrise with Jesus...


The chorus of this old hymn came on the radio the other day…it took me back to a time in my life when we would sing this in our youth missions organization in my church…
For the darkness shall turn to the dawning,
And the dawning to noonday bright


The more I pondered these lyrics,
the more I realized a subtle Truth contained within them…it’s always sunset to sunrise with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…darkness to dawn. He walks with us through our darkness into the dawn. From sunset to sunrise, through the darkest periods of our life, Jesus is with us, He came into our darkness to bring His light, His glory, His power.
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. (Isaiah 9:2)
When Jesus walks with us out of darkness into His marvelous light, He wants us to tell others that there is hope for them. We have a Great Physician, a Savior who has transformed and healed our lives. Ask Him to give you His heart to see people set free from their sins and sorrows and to renew your desire to tell others of his life-changing power. Then, be His willing vessel to a waiting world. Our lives in our earthly bodies must be captured by the revelation of God’s unconditional love for us, demonstrated in the life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus. This love is not merely a future hope. It is a present reality—now!  Just as light displaces darkness, Christ in us will displace what needs to die as we focus our attention on Him.
In darkness there is no choice. It is light that enables us to see the differences between things; and it is Christ who gives us light. --Augustus Hare (1792–1834)
Lord Jesus, thank You that it’s always sunset to sunrise with You. Thank You for walking with me through my darkest nights, shedding Your light on my life to show me that I needed You, my Great Physician, to heal my woundedness. Thank You for calling me to come to You and for Your tender mercies in my life. Lord Jesus, give me Your heart for those who are hurting, sick, and lost in sin, just as Your heart reached out to me in my time of greatest need.

Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear from you!

Day 14 of 31 days of encouragement...

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Beth.

    It seems my life has been in the darkness for a while now--so many trials. I eagerly hope on my Lord that dawn is coming. His light will shine again.

    Blessings,
    Daphne

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    1. Daphne, I am agreeing with you in prayer, thanking Jesus for how He is walking with you and your sweet family through this season into His light...many blessings to you.

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  2. Beth... yesterday was a dark day for me....BUT people prayed, and the light came back on during the day and today was peaceful.
    I like this that you have said: Ask Him to give you His heart to see people set free from their sins and sorrows and to renew your desire to tell others of his life-changing power.
    I have to be careful with this request as I can easily become overloaded with the sins and sorrows in lives around me...but I know what you are saying.
    If each of us prayed for those around us who are bogged down in sin and sorrow I am sure that just I as I experienced LIGHT coming and chasing the darkness away, we could do that for others.
    I am mindful of an old chorus that says: every prayer a powerful weapon; strongholds come tumbling down and down and down.

    I pray for Daphne, that the Lord will indeed shine a bright light into her life to dispel the darkness she is experiencing.

    I am praying for a shaft of light to come into foster-son Andi's life to reassure us that no matter how far over the edge he has fallen..God can reach further still.

    May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord.

    Love you, Beth.

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    1. WOW! Mary, your heart-felt comments are so true, and so powerful, they resonate with me. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us ❤️

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