Sunset or Sunrise?
2Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. Mark 16:2 [NLT]
Sunsets are beautiful to behold -- especially in the west. My father used to sit in his garage in the afternoon. His house faced directly west. He would repeatedly remark that there were no sunsets in the east like these sunsets. After a time he would retire to prepare for the night ahead. He would say, “It’s time to call it a day and prepare for the night.” I relive these experiences through vivid recall. The day is over, the night is come.
How many times in our lives have we faced sunsets. We understand the actual event as a notice of ending of day. However, we find ourselves often facing sunset issues in our lives. There are the sunsets of age, the sunsets of retirement, sunsets of transition from graduation to college or career -- the list is endless. Each sunset is a final moment as we end another phase of life. We can be nostalgic and look back, or we can be optimistic and look forward. Every sunset will eventually yield to another sunrise. Sunrise denotes a new beginning. Midst the tragedy of the conquest of Jerusalem, Jeremiah the Prophet laments the tragedy that has brought total collapse to Jerusalem. Midst despair, a glimmer of hope emerges. Hear his prophetic pronouncement concerning the future sunrise of Judah.
22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 [ESV]
The prophet knew midst the sunset of his present reality that a sunrise would occur. In our lives, we face difficult challenges. We are called to face these challenges not in despair but through faith. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that it is impossible to please God without faith. We must recognize that the promises of God will come to pass.
Our Redeeming Creator has a plan that consists of sunrises to counterbalance our sunsets. …Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5b [NLT] Sunrise is such a positive. In the natural we awaken with strength to live the new day. In sunrise we go forth with optimism. We have a new vision, purpose, and calling. It is the day of opportunity to receive our miracle from God. The Psalmist knew this when he declared: “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 [NLT]
Today I want to encourage you to face life anticipating the sunrise of blessings from our heavenly Father. Let us have a sunrise experience each morning. God is waiting to share the hope, promise, and fulfillment in each of us.
We are experiencing the Sonrise again in our church family. God is moving among us, and we are anticipating the miraculous! Our Sunday morning prayer service is already achieving results. What great promise awaits us when we determine to focus on the possible future! Here is our preparation for the Sonrise:
11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you," says the LORD. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land."
Jeremiah 29:11-14 [NLT]
Let’s move forward into the Sonrise of our lives! Let the Sonrise bring worship to your spirit, your heart, your being! We will discover a new perspective of hope, promise and provision. We will come to worship and to be a blessing! Why? The Sonrises!
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to
each generation. Psalm 100:4-5 [NLT]
Enjoy His Sonrise in your life -- it is absolutely Divine!
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