Shine with Glory

I am really missing the sun. Every winter, I easily get the “gloomies.” I love to be outside, walking in the sunshine and listening to the birds sing. But in January, I am stuck inside, and my picture window reveals  gray clouds and straw-colored grass. But as I write this devotion, a smidge of sunlight is bursting through the clouds, as if to give hope. Thank You, God. There is always hope.

When we hear the evening news, watch our friends go through trials, or think about our own challenges, it’s easy to get the “gloomies.” Gray clouds dampen our joy and energy. But with God, there’s hope that the sun will shine again, that things can get better, and that we will have the grace to handle life’s challenges. It’s possible that our days can shine with glory because God is the One who is working in us and in our circumstances. When He works, miracles happen, and hearts are strengthened. Consider this quote from Beebe Kauffman’s book Isaiah: Setting Things Right.

 

The book of Isaiah is the perfect book to illustrate the desolations of sin and the glorious restoration that God effects for those who turn from sin to Him. Sin destroys, bringing more than just “gloomies.” It brings heartache, consequences, misery, guilt, and ruin. But when we turn to God, He cleanses our hearts, and replaces desolation with peace, forgiveness, wholeness, godly character, and love. Some consequences may remain, but we can move forward with God and walk in His light and in His joy.

The glories that God can work in our lives bring hope. We don’t have to be burdened by fear, because God frees us by teaching us how to walk by faith, not by sight. Guilt and regret don’t have to load us down. God helps us to understand the depths of His forgiveness and love. We don’t have to worry about the future, because God comforts us that He knows all things and prepares us for both the good and the hard times. With God, there is always hope. Sunshine resides in the soul, because He resides in our souls. For the heart that believes in Him, restoration shines with glory.

Let God’s love and power chase away any “gloomies” today, and bask in the miracles He can work in your heart and life. His light is always shining.

 

If you would like to know more about the glories God works into our lives as found in Isaiah Chapters 1-6, check out Isaiah: Setting Things Right on our website. 

 

 

 

 

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (10)

  • anon

    I am reading through Isaiah now and loving it! We live in sunny southern CA so we have sun most of the year round. It would be very difficult not having sun for weeks and not being able to get outside but we must always remember godliness with contentment is great gain! Great post!
     
    Blessings!
    Lori
    http://lorialexander.blogspot.com/

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Lori, I love the book of Isaiah--so many treasures there! God bless your reading it, and that's nice you get sunshine all the time. In nothern Georgia, I've learned when to brace for cloudy days, but it's so nice when the sun comes back! Thank you for visiting and commenting! God bless you. 

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Your post touched me so today I JUST had to write a poem. It's titled "JUST":
     
    JUST
     
    God just loves me so---
    Well those gloomies, they just gotta GO!
     
     
    Love and Blessings,
    Connie Wohlford

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Connie, your poem made me smile, and thank you for posting it! I will tell my mom Beebe to look at your comment so she can read it too. Thank you, and God bless you with much, much love and joy!
     

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    I am about to go to bed for the night and had a rather gloomy day. I am so glad that I read this because no better encouragement can be found than in Christ. Being reminded of his truths and of the hope we have in him is just what I needed. God Bless! -Grace from the Becoming Mom Blog

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Dear Grace, I am glad you found this post encouraging at just the right time! And I hope today was not gloomy like yesterday. God bless you, and may He continue to encourage your heart. 
     

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Lovely post! What hope we have!
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, and I agree, Jen! Thank you for stopping by. 

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    As I read this, I basked in God's bright light with you! I found this post very inspirational. I like how you says that yes...there may be consequences for some of our actions, but all be ok if we ask God to walk alongside us. 

    Feb 03, 2015
  • anon

    Laura, I am so glad you basked too. God does walk with us when we turn to Him, and I am grateful that He heals us and helps us. Even when we have messed up. God bless you, and thank you for visiting!
     

    Feb 03, 2015

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