“The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory ” (Isaiah 60:19).
We are so used to having light around us.
Fluorescent lights, LED lights, neon lights, lamps, torches–even lights on our phones. They come with the flick of a switch. Darkness is rarely a problem, unless you get power failures, as we do regularly from possums destroying our power lines! Even then a torch will light my way instantly.
Go back about 2,700 years ago, when this verse was written, and light was a different story!
When the sun went down the moon was important for light. They were your only sources of light, unless you lit a fire and created a torch of fire. Crude oil lamps would have mainly been for the wealthy.
We take light for granted, so this verse doesn’t impact greatly on us. If we think like someone back then, it has huge significance!
Do you feel like you’re in the dark?
Do you feel like you’ve lost your way and groping through life with chronic invisible illnesses? I often do.
Can I catch the significance of this verse? Can you?
When everything feels completely pitch black, “the Lord will be your everlasting light.”
When you feel alone and can’t see how you can move forward, “the Lord will be your everlasting light.”
When life seems hopeless and there is absolutely nothing to celebrate, “your God will be your glory.”
However, like sources of light there is a switch. In those moments:
– remember that God is with you
– read the Bible or recite a memorized verse
– recall a triumphant song of faith
In an instant the Holy Spirit comes and God’s light and glory brightens the darkest places of your soul.
This doesn’t take away depression or illnesses, but God lights our way with His glorious hope.
Prayer: Lord, it’s lonely groping through life in the dark dealing with illnesses. Remind us that You are our “everlasting light.” When we’re sad and lonely, after missing out on life celebrations “your God will be your glory.” Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright was living with her family among the gum trees in South Australia. Currently she’s living with a friend while they sell their family home. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
Have you ever considered how significant verses about light were to people back then? Does this new perspective help you to see how hugely important it is to understand that “ the LORD will be your everlasting light?”