Don't you love it when you are reading the Bible and a verse stops you or jumps off the page, causing you to backup instead of continuing to read? You then find yourself really thinking about that previous verse. You know God might be getting your attention. So, you must stop, re-read, pray by asking, "God, what are you trying to say to me?"
Luke 1:78 is that verse for me this week.
"Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:78
What is the darkness? Am I living in darkness? Has any darkness crept into my life?
What is the rising sun? Or who is the rising sun? What will this rising sun do?
This verse is a follow up to a prophecy or prediction of the Old Testament.
God speaking through Malachi said, "But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves." Malachi 4:2
After the last book of the OT, God remained silent for 500 years. It was not that God stopped moving and functioning in all of who God is. But, it was during these years God was silent; silently moving and doing life-changing things. And, it was also during these silent years, that so many people turned from God and brought more and more darkness into their lives and into this world. God knew that He needed to bring in the ultimate world-changing gift, the Messiah, "the sun of righteousness."
Read Luke 1:78 again in the Message translation and let God's Word soak in.
"Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace." Luke 1:78 (Msg)
What is God saying to you through this OT prophecy and NT fulfillment?
How is God reminding you about who He is?
What darkness has God overcome in your life?
What darkness do you need God to overcome in your life?
What healing does God want to do in your life?
What impossible mission are you asking God to do in your life or your family or at your work place or in your church family?
Do you believe God can still do anything that He wants to do?
Praying for God to do many impossible missions this Christmas season.
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.