(Read Shine, My Darling – part 2)
You will have those things that matter.
I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls. (vv17-18)
Oh my goodness, read that again. Read it again!
I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls.
This is a world-class promise for anyone who has been through domestic violence, assault, abuse, anguish, narcissistic and psychological systematic disassembling of your identity.
Whether it happened in your church or job or family, when you recognize that God wants to surround you with salvation like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there… When you find your tribe, and you know that your people are sold out to serving God and to helping others, it is something beautiful.
No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night. (v19)
This is when you finally transition away from being obsessed with what people think of you, and into the freedom of worrying only about pleasing God. Suddenly you realize you are not needing earthly things, you are not needing human light, you are not relying on human direction and guidance, you are not craving human validation, from the sources you normally turn to for light.
You realize that before, you spent a lot of time looking for light from the street lamps instead of gazing up at the stars, and you’re done with that.
For the Lord your God will be your everlasting light and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down.” (v19)
In other words, you become surrendered to pursuing the work of God and craving His glory, not your own success. Your decisions and actions are more and more guided by His light, His leading, not obligation to the opinions of people around you.
For maybe the first time in your life, when other people seek to shut down your story, you are free to say,
“You are welcome to your opinion. It’s a free country and I respect your right to disagree with me. But I am going to keep doing what God has called me to do because I am walking in His light, not in the light of the sun or the moon, and definitely not by the light of the street lamps. I am no longer intimidated by what people say is the appropriate thing to do. I am only worried about doing what God has called me to do, and if you don’t understand, that’s ok. God will continue working with you, and I will continue expressing outrage over injustice as He has called me to do.”
What about when someone comes at you all hot over something they disagree about? Or they digress into personal attack… When you’re worried more about God’s reputation than your own, it’s easier to let them disagree.
Warn a divisive person once, warn them twice, and after that block them on Facebook. (Titus 3:10, slightly adapted)
Remember that the Holy Spirit is the One who originally convinced you, and the Holy Spirit is the only One who can convict anyone else. Just keep telling your story and say what you know God is telling you to say.
“For the Lord will be your everlasting light … your days of mourning will come to an end. All of your people will be righteous and will possess their land forever for I will plant them there, with my own hands. The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation at the right time, I the Lord, will make it happen. (vv20-22)
When you are sold out to living for his glory and telling the story He has given — Jesus stabilizes you. He settles you in.
Where is God calling you to shine your light?
What story is God calling you to share without any hesitation, and turning a deaf ear to the detractors?
Given today’s social climate, what is God telling you to share, to shine your light for His glory in your story?
If you have an answer burning in your heart,
if God is telling you to say something,
if God is telling you to take action,
if God is telling you to reach out for a platform to share your story,
throw me a comment or send me a message.
Arise darling, and shine – for your light is come!
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