The Sonrise is Coming
Day 210: The Sonrise is Coming
2 Peter 1:19 (AV) — 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
O ye who are filled with the horror of great darkness because of God's dealings with mankind, learn to trust that infallible wisdom, which is co-assessor with immutable justice; and know that He who passed through the horror of the darkness of Calvary, with the cry of forsakenness, is ready to bear you company through the valley of the shadow of death till you see the sun shining upon its further side. Let us, by our Fore-runner, send forward our anchor, Hope, within the veil that parts us from the unseen; where it will grapple in the ground and will not yield, but hold until the day dawns, and we follow it into the haven guaranteed to us by God's immutable counsel. --F. B. Meyer
Peter is speaking to believers when he mentions this truth. The Word of God is a light that shines into our darkened minds, into our dark worlds, providing us with promises to give us faith until we see the day begin to dawn. This phraseology is progressive. First, the light shining in the dark place, then the Sun starts to break the horizon until, finally, the Sun shines in its full strength.
Our faith is like that. When we first get saved, we get enough light to look on Christ with the look of faith; a principle the Spirit of God sees and applies the blood of Jesus to our hearts. Precious days! Those first days we read our Bibles with eagerness and joy, we pray with earnestness and boldness, and we want to serve with all our might.
Then as we progress, the Son begins to arise in our hearts. We learn of Christ, and we spend time every day learning something new, and we fill our minds with Scripture. But the Spirit wants to take us further still. For this, the Son must rise in its full strength.
Oddly enough, darkness must be entered before we can receive this fuller revelation for some of us. Usually, a sunrise means a noonday sun follows. It's not the night that obscures our view, but a dark cloud. The Gospel has already dispelled the night. That dark cloud threatens to separate us from that fullness for which our hearts so desperately long. That cloud has a name: the flesh, or Adam. Adam has been learning at the same rate the new man patterned after Christ has been. Adam now wears a suit to church. Adam now reads his Bible. Adam prays. Adam even enjoys the learning of Christ. But Adam can't cause the Day Star to arise in our hearts. Paul alluded to this:
2 Corinthians 5:16 (AV) — 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
He says, "though we have known Christ after the flesh [Adam], yet now henceforth know we [Adam] him [Christ] no more." The Day Star arising in our hearts is the full knowledge of Christ's taking possession of our hearts and us, Him.
Christ referenced this as well:
John 16:7 (AV) — 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 14:20 (AV) — 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Do we indeed know that Jesus is in the Father, and we are in Him and He in us? What is the progression? Is it just a light shining in a dark place? Meaning you understand it, but it's not realized in the experience? Has the Sonrise broken the horizon, and you can sense His power working in you from time to time, but old Adam keeps getting in the way? Or, has Christ taken possession, and you are basking in the fullness of the Sonshine?
For me, I feel it is the Sonrise. He has revealed my great need, but it is for me to recognize every day my need for His ever-present supply of Life until the Sonshine scatters away all night.
Walking in sunlight all of my journey;
Over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Jesus has said, "I'll never forsake thee,"
Promise divine that never can fail.
Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
Flooding my soul with glory divine:
Hallelujah, I am rejoicing,
Singing His praises, Jesus is mine.
Shadows around me, shadows above me,
Never conceal my Savior and Guide;
He is the Light, in Him is no darkness;
Ever I'm walking close to His side.
In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing,
Pressing my way to mansions above;
Singing His praises gladly I'm walking,
Walking in sunlight, sunlight of love.