Revelation 22:5 – There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (NIV)
I love seeing the moon and the stars in the night sky, but I guess that I'm going to miss them in eternity. This verse from Revelation makes it quite clear that night and darkness will have no place in God's everlasting kingdom. God is light, so there will be nothing to get in the way of Him and those of us who make it into heaven. Everything and everyone will be bathed in the light of God's infinite glory.
Things will be different, which means that we will be different, too. The lives that we live here on earth are just mere shadows compared to the everlasting brightness to come. There is so much ahead of us that the present changes, turbulence, and difficulties will quite literally pale next to the heavenly glories that we are still to experience. Compared to God's kingdom, the world will just be another dull place.
That doesn't mean to say that I'm wishing my life away; quite the reverse, actually. I'm hoping for more of God's brightness, light, and love to be seen and experienced in the dark places on earth. I'm praying for a revival in my life, my church, and my faith, through the opening up of the minds and hearts of our people, our communities, and our culture. For too long, we've let the darkness overshadow our society. It's time to be truly enlightened by Christ and not be artificially brightened by the world.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the light of the world. You come into our dark ways and times in order to show us the everlasting brightness and glory of God. Open the eyes of our hearts, so that we may truly see God's everlasting brilliance in the world. By the power of Your holy name, we pray. Amen.
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