As we come to the end of the month of shining let’s reminisce over what shining means again. The word shine means to emit, reflect light. It means to be distinguished from the obvious. It means to stand out. It means to be distinct. Just like in the book of Isaiah 60:1-2.
There are so many things happening in the world right now, but God promised to see us through. There is so much pain, calamity, crime, deaths, epidemics and the recent pandemic, yet God says to us Arise, shine, irrespective of what is happening. It was a prophecy, in verse 2 of Isaiah 60, “For gross darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise on you”. This shows that the earth and the people referred to here, do not have God’s security because they are not His children. So, the mark of exemption is not upon them. Therefore, shining means even though you may see all these things around you but it shall not come near you because God says, “do not let the challenges around you weigh you down”.
He expects that even in the midst of darkness and turbulent times that our lights shine. Matthew 5:16 says, let your light so shine before men that they may see and glorify your Father who is in heaven. God wants us to stand out no matter the pain. He expects us not to compromise and bend the standard. Arise, shine for the light has come!