How to ‘Rise and Shine’

Wed., Feb. 23/22

Did your mom or dad ever say that to you, perhaps some sleepy school day mornings as a child, or the Saturdays when it was your turn to do chores? When you finally surrendered to the summons and swung your feet to the floor how did you do it? What was required? In short, how does one “Rise?”

In Isaiah 60 the prophet calls the righteous to this very feat: “Arise, shine, “ he says,

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and His glory appears over you.” (Isa. 60:1-2, NIV)

First, we do something: “Arise.” Then, like that eye-squinting sunlight the riser encounters, God does something: “the Lord rises upon you.” In fact, we Arise to find He has already acted, “your light has come,” and now we enter into it… by arising… By sheer dint of decision we arise and find ourselves instantly enlightened by what He has already done.

Oswald Chambers comments on this action of pulling ourselves out of sleep (drudgery) and into light…

“…we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us— He will not. But once we arise, immediately we find He is there. …taking the initiative becomes a moral issue— a matter of obedience.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Feb. 19 entry.

Is God calling you to do something? Do not wait for Him to force you to do it. He is not a Father to come into your room and pull at your shoulder. No. You… get up… “Arise,” and you will find all the Father’s resources are there to greet you!

The theme repeats throughout scriptures: “…revere my name, [and] the sun of righteousness will rise…” (Mal. 4:2); “…put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light (Rom. 13:12); “…pay attention to [the prophetic word], as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:19); “Those who look to him are radiant…” (Ps. 34:5); “A person’s wisdom brightens their face…” (Eccl. 8:1); “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens …” (Dan. 12:3); “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18).

So, “Rise” Christian, and “Shine,” for, as He says, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). 

Press on…

Published by thebrokenrunner

I have been a committed Christian for over fifty years and a pastor assistant for over ten. Yet, perhaps like you, I still struggle as I "press on" to that high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I hope you will enjoy your visits here, and be challenged, expanded, and encouraged by what you find. May we all grow to know and to love Him more each day. - Press on...

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