A Divine & Supernatural Light
The rousing up and reviving of believers is not a small matter; it concerns the glory of God. If the lamps do not shine, it does not speak well for the oil, nor of the care of the keeper. And if the children of God do not testify for Him, it does not speak well for their High Priest in heaven, nor for the Holy Spirit within them.
-Andrew Bonar (1810-1892), Scottish Free Church Devotional Writer
In this passage of Scripture we find this radiant, supernatural light—the divine glory of God—radiating over and from His people. In the midst of a dark and wayward society, the importance of God’s supernatural light is all the more paramount. The darkness of this world grows even darker, the glory of the Lord within His church is growing brighter and more vibrant.
As we face these days of despair around us, let us not grow weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9), for the harvest of the ages is assured and is nearer than we can begin to anticipate. Those who have lost their way; those who are in bondage to darkness; those who have been lost will be drawn to this radiant light of the Glory of God.
Hebrews tells us that Christ is the radiance of the Father (Hebrews 1:3). In Christ we see this perfect glory made manifest. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would glorify Him and make known to us the Father (John 16:14). How does God’s glory increase in our lives? By yielding to this wonderful person—the Holy Spirit—in our lives. As we learn to walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the deeds of darkness, rather we will radiate the glory of God (Galatians 5:16). Ask God today to help you radiate the glory of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This light gives a view of those things that are immensely the most exquisitely beautiful, and capable of delighting the eye of understanding. This spiritual light is the dawning of the light of glory in the heart. There is nothing so powerful as this to support persons in affliction, and to give the mind peace and brightness, in this stormy and dark world. (Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758)