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A Christian devotional that uses everyday objects and events will stay with you throughout your day! Each day the sunrise and the reflection of water can remind us of God's hope because of Jesus Christ.
Sunrises can be addictive no matter where you live! They're absolutely magical - especially when their beauty is doubled by their reflection in a body of water!
The colors mystically change as the seconds tick by announcing the coming of the sun. And then...the sun appears and begins rising into the sky!
I believe before time began God had in mind to create such a grandeur performance each day to point to and remind us of the hope found in Jesus. The sun rises every single day without fail; we can count on it. It manifests God's faithfulness.
The Israelites waited and watched for the Messiah for hundreds of years. I marvel at how God kept that spark of hope alive in them through years of slavery, wandering, conquering destruction, and banishment into foreign lands.
The Messiah came just as God promised and recorded in Scripture. He came as a babe born of a virgin in the exact location God pronounced by name - Bethlehem. Jesus the Christ lived a sinless life. He died a criminal's death taking our place and punishment. He rose again on the third day just as God said. And He promises to come again!
"And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts."
2 Peter 1:19
For now we watch and wait again from another perspective - through the eyes of grace, yet with the same hope of redemption and rescue. Christ will return. No matter what today or the year 2020 or any other time frame may hold, God's promise of rescue and hope dawns bright each and every morning. We can see it in the rising of the sun. From the deep darkness of night, hope will continue to dawn.
But there is something else that has captured my attention as I have watched the sun rise over our lake - its reflection. Not only does the sky erupt in an array of colors and light, but the beauty is reflected, it's doubled by the reflection in the water. The calmer the water, the more pristine and precise the reflection.
This past year of 2020 has been anything but calm. Yet when we focus on the surety of rising of the sun, we can be reminded of the hope that awaits us because of Jesus. No matter how turbulent our circumstances may be, we can find the calm of His peace. He is the Master of the waves; He can be trusted. He does not change.
The more we rest in His peace, the calmer our spirits - the more accurate His reflection of hope will be in our lives so others may see and be drawn to Him. How clear are we reflecting the peace and hope of Jesus to the lost world around us? We can be still and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10) There is hope in Him as surely as the sun will rise in the morning! May we rest in this.
“Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”
"to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a [hope] both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,"
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"
1 Peter 1:3
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
“And Jesus said, ‘I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’”
“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will se him, even those who pierced him; and all the people of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen!”
"But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."
2 Corinthians 3:18
"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
At least one day this next week, step outside to see the sunrise; maybe take a picture to keep with you throughout your day. Take a few moments to rest in His hope and peace that is there each day for us. Then be reminded to be a reflection of God's Son and His love to others around you that they may find His living hope.
Share a similar object lesson devotional with your kids using a mirror and 2 Corinthians 3:18!
© Copyright 2020 Susan Smart
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