Rise Up in Splendor
There are days, in fact sometimes many days, where being encouraged to “Rise up in splendor” seems like something too far away to be real. There are days when it may even feel impossible. But for the prophet Isaiah, the promise is real and the command possible. We can rise up in splendor even in the darkest times.
This is about what it is we choose to focus upon in our lives. Do we think about the wonderful and powerful ways in which Jesus has come into our world, has loved and cared for us, and has healed not only our brokenness but that of others too? Or do we give into the despair that arises from the darkness that is all around us?
Isaiah, in telling us to rise up, is not seeking to ignore reality. He writes, “See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples.” He acknowledges the difficulties and challenges of the world. But more than reinforce what we already know, Isaiah hopes that we will focus on the reality that is much more important. “Upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory.”
For this is the real importance of the Christmas season, which we are still celebrating. We do not have to be broken by the darkness, because Jesus is the Light of the World, and because of Him, we can see clearly the things that are really important. So do not be afraid, and ask Jesus to fill you with the confidence of a relationship with Him.
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