Let’s think about the sun. It emanates light because it is a ball of consuming fire. It’s volcanic and explosive; there’s nothing mild about it. It doesn’t only make the day bright but it also brings warmth. Its light causes life to thrive on earth and without it there would be extreme coldness, a hostile environment to most living things.
We too are to be like the sun changing the darkness of night into day; a bright and burning light like John the Baptist (John 5:35). We’re not only to bring the light of truth but the warmth of grace and kindness to the world, melting the coldness of the human heart. Isn’t this why the Scriptures refer to the Messiah as the “Sun of Righteousness”?
‘But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Mal. 4:2-3).
What about the moon? The moon has no light of its own, but it is the perfect object for reflecting the light of the sun.
The moon is so effective in its illumination that it is the greatest luminary of night. During some nights the moon is hidden, it cannot be seen. The majority of the time it is manifested for all to see. It goes through specific cycles and periods, and these cycles and periods affect the whole entire earth. The moon is very powerful, but it would remain unseen unless it reflected the light of something other than itself. The moon speaks volumes. We ourselves have no light of our own; we are only a light if we reflect God’s light. As we reflect the light of the Son we illuminate the darkness of the night.
Like the moon, there are times when God calls us to be hidden, but mostly he wants us shining in the darkness. Just like the moon, we as believers have power to change the tide across the earth, and yet all the time we are to remember that the power is of God and not of ourselves. Interestingly, the moon’s power to create high and low tides is the greatest when the moon cannot be seen and also when the moon is full.
In the same way, we also have the greatest power when we are hidden with God in prayer and when we go into the world fully radiating God’s Glory.
Prayer: Father, make me like the sun, a burning and bright light for Jesus. Explosive. Full of life-giving power. I ask you for more fire, in Jesus’ name! And make me like the moon, reflecting your light, Father. May I bring change to the earth and have the courage to get alone with you in prayer and also to go out in the world to shine your light.