It’s Summertime! We find ourselves outdoors more and soaking up that summer sun! I invite you to join me over the next seven weeks for Summer Soak. We will seek to use some of the imagery of summer to prompt us to praise God. Our format each week: first we’ll SOAK in the truths of God’s Word and then we’ll SHINE as we seek to apply that truth to our lives and praise God throughout our day. This week we’ll focus on summer sunshine and the attribute of God as our light.
Sunlight provides warmth on a summer day that envelops and relaxes us. It’s comforting. We just want to sit and soak it up, to relax in its brightness, warmth and beauty. It leaves us with a radiant glow.
We shine light in dark places to illuminate and reveal the problem so a solution can be derived. Think about it…a plumber uses a light to look under your sink for that leak, the doctor shines his pencil light down your throat to expose the infection, the bug man uses a flashlight in corners and dark spaces to see where bugs might have made a home, the light on the end of your vacuum cleaner exposes those places where the dirt and dust have come to rest, a flashlight illuminates your path and keeps you from stumbling, a nightlight brings comfort when you’re fearful…you get the idea.
The Lord is God, and He has made his light to shine upon us. — Psalm 118:27
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:1-5
Light reveals what is hidden in the darkness. Once exposed the thing ‘hidden’ loses its power over you. Once exposed it can be diagnosed, treated and healed or corrected. This is what the Word of God does in our hearts and lives. It exposes those places that are infested and infected. Often, we fear and seek to avoid the pain of the exposure, but in the end it is always restorative and renewing.
Bask in the light! Would you be willing to soak up some light and bask in God’s Word, allowing it to expose, correct and heal?
bask – to lie or relax happily in a bright, warm place; to take pleasure or derive enjoyment
We have nothing to fear because God is light and we can trust and rest in Him knowing that He loves and cares for us. We are called to proclaim and declare His excellencies as those brought out of darkness into His marvelous light!
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. — 1 Peter 2:9
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is light!
- Think about what it means to your life to know that God is light. How does this comfort and encourage you today?
- Are there areas of your heart and life that are hidden in darkness and need the light of God’s Word to heal and restore?
- Let the warmth of the sun remind you to praise God as our marvelous light!
Each day this week we will focus on a different Scripture that highlights God’s character and nature as our Light. So I hope you will make plans to check in with us here each day. If you’d like to receive each day’s devotion by email, subscribe in the sidebar.
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