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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.
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