Note: With my son’s permission, I am sharing a devotional he shared with me several years ago. (Thank you, Barry!)
Looking out of the airplane window, gliding through the clouds, I gazed at the sunshine’s rays. The stillness surrounded me and I knew the gentle whisper of God’s voice as He spoke to my heart. I listened and I learned.
Without the sun, we could not survive. The earth and everyone and everything living on the earth would freeze. The sun is our source of light and heat. It provides us with Vitamin D, which in turn can keep us from being depressed and can help us live longer.
The sun is necessary for our well-being and in that way, is likened to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Without Him, we cannot possibly be happy. Without Him, there is a void, an emptiness that no abundance of money or worldly possessions can fill. We are born to live for Jesus Christ and, with this realization, we know that our happiness is through Him. Living for Christ doesn’t mean we won’t have trials and tribulations. We will, and we all do. Living for Christ means that circumstances will not dictate our level of joy. Our joy will come from basking in His presence.
Yes, the sun is our physical energy source; our light and warmth. We desperately need it to survive.
Likewise, it is the Son, Jesus Christ, who gives our innermost being the warmth and compassion we need to survive. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We must walk in truth; in the light, not in the darkness. We need Jesus to survive. In Him, we have happiness and peace.
That joyful moment of early morning during a sunrise can be so calm and so beautiful. For Christians, there is no more perfect moment than the moment we know Christ, the Son, is risen. Because of Him, we will not only survive, but have an abundant life and an amazing eternity.
Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son so that we can experience the warmth of Your love and the comfort of salvation. Amen.
Psalm 84:11, NLT For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.