Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, shining on those in the darkness, those living in the shadow of death, then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of Peace.
Luke 1:78 – 79
Watching a sunrise is one of the most peaceful experiences on earth. As the newborn day peeks out of its cradle, an ever-changing palette of soft pastels paints the sky ‘s fresh canvas. While fringes of the sun’s light become more visible, the silence of dawn is softly interrupted by morning songs of birds – blending harmoniously together in a cheerful symphony of praises to their Creator. The cool morning air gives way to the warmth of the majestic solar glow.
In the few minutes it takes to pause and watch the sun pull itself up over the horizon, there’s a perpetual feast for the senses that can transform your spirit and set the tone for your day.
Jesus came into the world as “God’s Sunrise.” (Luke 1:78) His dazzling light shines brightly on the darkest caverns of our hearts and illuminates the path to peace – the path to the One true God.
Starting each day basking in the light of His Word, will refresh your soul and provide you with hope, guidance, and perspective for any circumstance you face throughout the day. Trust Him to take your hand and guide you – one foot at a time – down the path to perfect peace.
Take time to pause in His presence, and be transformed by His Son-rise in your Soul!
With every sun’s rising surprise us with Your love, satisfy us with Your kindness. Then we will sing with joy and celebrate every day we are alive. Psalm 90:14
“Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.”
Our finite human minds cannot begin to comprehend the infinite wisdom of God. We try to understand and explain God using our limited knowledge and language based on our earthly experiences, but the scope of God’s almighty and all-powerful attributes is beyond human comprehension. And probably the most difficult thing for us to grasp is that the Creator of all the earth ~ Who never grows weak or weary ~ cares for each of us personally. He is readily available 24/7 to hear our prayers and provide help, healing, comfort, provision, strength, courage or safety for His children.
Is there something you are dealing with that seems overwhelming – like you don’t have the power or wisdom to face it on your own? Turn to the God of Limitless Possibilities and ask Him for help. He cares about every intimate detail of your life. Nothing is impossible ~ or too wonderful ~ for Him.
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27
“Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You— ” Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Like a caterpillar metamorphosing into a beautiful butterfly, you are divinely transformed into a new creation when you become a child of Christ. At the moment you place your trust and faith in Jesus, you are emptied of the old self (the old has gone) and divinely reborn as a child of God (the new creation has come)! And just like the caterpillar after its mysterious metamorphosis process, that old life of yours is gone ~ it exists no more. Your newborn soul is fresh and unique, crafted by the Creator of the universe for His glory. You are a brand new person, re-created on the inside, not simply an upgrade of an older version. Your mind, thoughts and purposes become God focused.
Don’t let the shame of your past or the guilt over former mistakes hold you captive ~ or cocooned ~ and keep you looking back with regrets. Through God’s unfathomable love and grace, your shame, guilt, and mistakes were nailed to the cross with Jesus. Your Savior’s blood covered each and every sin so that you could become a new creation through Him.
Each time you see a beautiful butterfly, remind yourself that you are a marvelous new creation in Christ ~ the old has gone, the new is here!
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'” Revelation 21:5(NIV)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)
Each tiny piece of God’s beautiful creation exemplifies the work of a master artisan. Take a few moments today to get outside and observe some of the intricate details in nature, and you’ll be amazed at the magnificent workmanship of God ~ The Maker of all Things. There are so many awe-inspiring mysteries in nature that we will never fully comprehend ~ like how a baby’s body is formed in a mother’s womb or how a caterpillar metamorphosizes within a cocoon into a beautiful butterfly. Nature plays a very important role in God’s grand plan. In fact the very first verse of the Bible tells us that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIV) And since the very beginning, He has used the creation to point us to the Creator.
“For ever since the creation of the world, His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks).” Romans 1:20 (AMP)
The marvelous creation not only teaches us about God’s divine nature and infinite wisdom, but it also glorifies God on its own. That fact should inspire us to do the same through worship and praise of our Heavenly Father.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness. There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard. Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon. In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun. Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber; like a strong man it enjoys running its course. It emerges from the distant horizon, and goes from one end of the sky to the other; nothing can escape its heat.” (Psalm 19:1 – 6)
The Creator takes great care in watching over His creation, yet nothing in all of creation is more valuable to Him than you. He designed you as a one-of-a-kind original, and He knows each detail of your life…including your name and number of hairs on your head! Never doubt that God loves you dearly and is watching over each moment of your life.
Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29 – 31)
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
He does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
Job 37:5-6 (NIV)
“…Are you listening?
Have you noticed all this?
Stop in your tracks!
Take in God’s miracle-wonders!
Do you have any idea how God does it all, how He makes bright lightning from dark storms, how He piles up the cumulus clouds—all these miracle-wonders of a perfect Mind?” Job 37:14-16 (MSG)
Nothing can compare to God. By spending time observing the majestic scenes and intricate details of God’s creation, we are reminded of His awesome power in every aspect of our lives. Life always creates more questions than we have answers, and we must continually turn to Our Heavenly Father for answers, guidance and fresh insights. When He speaks, we must be ready to hear His message.
Take a moment to “stop in your tracks,” find a quiet place and listen to the marvelous voice of God.
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 NIV
As the New Year dawns, many of us make a noble list of New Year’s Resolutions. A brand new year seems like a gift, a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to turn the page to a new chapter in our lives. We usually start out the month of January with grand intentions and high ambitions, but we find that we often lose that enthusiasm as the days and weeks click past. Our list of resolutions gets buried under the stack of papers that we intended to organize, and we forget about all the things we resolved to do over the next 365 days.
The truth is that we should live each new day with resolve and intent. God has given us a certain number of days to fulfill our life’s purposes, and we should ask Him to give us the grace to understand the important significance of each day (and each moment) that we spend here on earth. Some of us have more time than others, but none of us know the exact amount of time that we have left to complete our life’s mission. We should diligently pray for divine instruction concerning how to use our time throughout the days of our lives. Thoughtful time management is an excellent art whether you’re a business professional, student, homemaker or retiree. God models time management for us when we consider the account in Genesis 1 of His orderly creation of the universe; each day was filled with important tasks and accomplishments, and He even set aside time for rest. When you number your days to good purposes, according to God’s guidance, you will live wisely and your heart and mind will be inclined to achieving God’s mission for your life.
So instead of making a list on the first day of the new year of things you want to accomplish in the next 12 months, you should make a list as you begin each New Day. It might be helpful to write your daily list on a calendar or in a notebook, so that you can look back over the year and see all the things that you and God have accomplished together. Live each New Day as though it were a gift of time, a new beginning, a fresh start, and a chance to fulfill God’s grand purpose. If you order your days according to God’s plan, rather than your own desires, you will feel a divine sense of fulfillment each day of your life, and no moment will be wasted.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
In His hands are the depths of the earth
and the mountain peaks belong to Him.
The sea is His for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95:4 – 5
God is magnificent; there are no boundaries to His greatness. No one can fathom the magnitude of His understanding, and He alone is worthy of our praise and worship. He holds the deepest caverns and darkest valleys in His hands, as well as the highest mountain peaks. He scooped out the great depths of the ocean floor and sculpted all the impressive land formations.
So if it seems like you are facing a mountain of insurmountable problems or trudging through a deep valley of difficulties, remember that you are being held in the capable hands of your Heavenly Father. No difficulty you face is too big for Him, and no valley you walk is too low for Him to reach. Hand everything over to the One who is big enough to handle anything.
“This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord…” 2 Kings 3:18a
“Ah, Sovereign Lord,you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.
Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”
Psalm 139: 13 – 16 MSG
You are a special creation ~ marvelously made in body and soul by God! No one else on Earth is quite like you. God shaped you from nothing into something, and knit you together, bit by bit, into the extraordinary individual that you are. Like an open book, He watched you grow from conception to birth; He knows the rhythm of your heart, every bone in your body, and every hair on your head.
God created you with a unique purpose in mind, and each one of your days on Earth have been ordained by your Creator. In fact, the days of your life were all prepared for you before you even lived one day. God knows you intimately, inside and out.
He was there from your beginning, and He is with you right now. No matter what you may be going through in life, God loves you and is watching over you every single moment.
You are His Masterpiece!
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
Their starry host by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
He puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the people of the world revere Him.
For He spoke, and it came to be;
He commanded, and it stood firm.
Psalm 33:6 – 9
When I watch beautiful displays of nature, I am reminded of Jeremiah’s affirmation to the Lord:
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth with your outstretched arm.
Nothing is too hard for you!”
If God can create the heavens with His word and the starry host with His breath, He can speak life into any situation that you or I face here on the earth He created. Absolutely nothing is too hard for Him. Since He also created everything in the earth…including you, He knows – and cares about – everything in your life. If you face a problem that seems insurmountable, turn to the God who gathers the waters of the sea into jars for help.
Your problem is not bigger than God.
God made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before Him.
2 Samuel 22:21 (MSG)
My sons and I recently worked on a 1000 piece puzzle together. We spent many hours over a period of several weeks slowly piecing the puzzle together. First we began with the border of the huge puzzle, then worked our way inward. The closer we got to completing our project, the more excited we were about seeing the end result. We each wanted to be the one who fitted the very last piece in its place. It was amazing to watch how the picture took shape from fitting together hundreds of tiny pieces. In the end, we were all disappointed to realize that we were missing a few of our pieces. We had worked so diligently, for so many hours, only to find out that we couldn’t complete the picture without those pieces.
The verse above tells us that God wants to make our lives complete, but He can only accomplish this if we give Him ALL the pieces. Our Heavenly Father sees the grand picture of our lives, and He knows exactly which pieces fit together perfectly. If we withhold any part of our lives from Him, we will never know the beauty of the complete picture as designed by our Creator. Trust Him to know what is best for you. Place all your “pieces” before Him today, and allow Him to make your life complete.