In the world but not of it

June 15, 2010

Starry nights…

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If he commands it, the sun won’t rise and the stars won’t shine. Job 9:7

Do you remember lying on the grass during those warm summer nights just staring at the stars? Maybe you still do it…

Taking in the constellations is really a surreal experience. You can get lost in the amazement of how they form specific shapes and how some shine so much more brightly than others.

Yet one thing that occurred to me is that the brightness of the stars only comes out when darkness comes. It is the darkness that allows the stars to shine to their fullest glory.

How true that is for the child of God. The Lord told us we would suffer in this life as believers (John 16:33). It is a promise we choose to forget and it is precisely thru these afflictions when darkness seems to come and form all around us that we shine brightest.

When Paul penned Romans 5:3-5 he was describing the brightness that comes from trials and trouble.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love”.

This passage describes brightness. The mention of endurance, character and hope are the things God develops in us which continue to make us shine brighter. Darkness in effect then only begins to serve a single purpose…to allow us to shine more brightly, not to be snuffed out…

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