The Bible is full of rich revelations just waiting for our discovery. One day, I realized that I had overlooked the power in Psalm 84:11, which says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold form those who walk uprightly.” While the entire verse is amazing, one phrase jumped out to me: “the Lord is a sun”. It is so easy to speed read over this powerful phrase, but when we stop to meditate, we realize the importance it can hold in our lives. After all, the sun holds many different aspects that we often take for granted….
My least favorite part of the day is when my alarm clock goes off before the sun is up. It’s not so much the getting up that stinks, but rather stumbling around in the dark trying to find the light switch. We realize how much we need light in our daily lives when we try to function without it for a few minutes. Thankfully, God’s light prevents us from stumbling around in life. When we seek His direction, He shows us where to go and what to do. According to Psalm 119:105, God shows us the way through the light of His Word, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
We live in an undeniably dark world. But because the sun constantly resides within us, we do not have to be afraid. In fact, the light that we carry can make the world a little less dark. Because God’s light surrounds us, we do not ever have to be afraid. As Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Light protects us from danger. It gives us guidance in life, showing us which decisions may lead to danger in the future. In Proverbs 4:18-19 God promises to guide the righteous, but hinder the wicked, saying, “but the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.”
God’s light not only protects us from dangerous situations; it also clarifies confusing issues. God’s light dispels the murkiness of confusion in both our personal lives and the church. This clarity provides clarity amid a confusing world. As 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” In John 11:9-10, Jesus tells His disciples that if they walk in the light, then they will not stumble around in the murkiness. When we do not know what to do or what to think, we can depend on God’s peace to give us clarity in the confusion.
Best of all, we can share these attributes of the sun with the people around us! The sun in us is bright and noticeable. It is our testimony of what God has done and is doing in our lives. Jesus says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” It is impossible to hide the physical sun; thus we should never cover up the sun in ourselves. We did not light ourselves. Rather, God sparked our candle so that we might reflect Him in the world. As we follow God’s light on our path, we can lead others in the way of life.