You are already wondering what the sunshine has to do with a devotional. The dictionary says that sunshine means brightness, cheerfulness. Okay, we already knew that, so what? I think we only remind ourselves how grateful we are for the sun after a siege of rainfall. There are a number of things in life that we take for granted – could it be that our Lord and Savior, the sunshine of life is one of them? Do we only go to Him when we are tired of the evil of this world and want a quick fix?
The Psalmist tells us that the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (84:11). We all experience getting tired of many days of cloudy, rainy weather and long for the sun so we can get out and do the things we want to do. We almost think it is an entitlement that is promised to God’s children. We rarely think that without the darkness that occurs in life we would not have any appreciation for the sunshine that is a reminder of our Creator’s graciousness. We really do have a way of expecting life to be more than good to us regardless of our behavior, don’t we?
Matthew tells us in the New Testament for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good (5:45) so why do we ever have to do without the sun? Here is a question for you – if we never had to do without the sun would we truly have any appreciation for it? I can’t prove that, but I think you understand just where I am going with the question. There are so many things in this life that we rarely appreciate until we have to do without. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to one day look around and count the blessings that we so easily take for granted. There will come a day when the sun shall no longer be your light by day…but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19). Do you ever think about that and can you comprehend it even if you do?
I think most of us can relate to times when we know that we have no control over life. Bad things do happen to good people. Do they have to? I think probably so if for no other reason than we cannot truly understand the value of something until we actually have to do without. Even as children we have known the tendency to test the things our parents have declared are bad for us. We seem to have to see things for ourselves. Do you suppose that is why God allows evil to be a part of this world, so that we can understand and appreciate the goodness He desires for each and every one of us?
Currently we are seeing how evil has managed to blind the eyes of many of God’s people. We have known for a long time what it is to do without God’s provision, but this is the first time for many of us to actually watch what evil at its best can do. Who could have imagined that mankind would behead God’s children or burn them alive? For many years we have ignored the children who have been sold into prostitution; it hasn’t happened so much in our faces as it does today and it is usually not in our own neighborhoods. What we are seeing these days however is that sin does abound and is making its way into our own neighborhoods and into our own lives. How long can we ignore the way our world is changing? Can we continue to leave it to our government to settle the problems we don’t want to face? You don’t have to read the news or watch TV to determine that we as individuals are going to have to suffer as the rest of the world if things don’t turn around soon. Is there any help in sight?
Most of us still believe that others will take care of our problems; at best our job is simply to pray. Is that enough – maybe for now, but can it last? We are promised in the last book of our Bibles that The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is the light (Revelation 21:23).
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine!