“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
[Revelation 22:16 NKJV]
This post was intended for yesterday morning, but a change of plan intervened. Changes are happening fast and furiously in these peculiar days. We watch or listen to the news with a ‘did I really hear that?’ amazement. An American president impeached for a historic second occasion for inciting insurrection; NHS hospitals almost overwhelmed by coronavirus cases in some areas; climate change happening faster than anticipated — but all concern swept aside in a moment and expressed in the smile on newsreader George Alagiah’s face with an uplifting story of a newborn baby (baby only known of less than 2 weeks before being born).
It really feels like this was what was meant by the end times. Is that to be our focus? Should we quiver in fear? Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV]
Our eyes should always turn to the eternal, as evidenced by Jesus, our bright and morning star. A star heralded His birth and now He is the star who brings light and life to each one anew morning by morning. He is the star of greater light who guides those lesser lights, meaning His saints, who are sons of God at His choosing and stars in the heavenlies looking to Him.
As His saints, and stars in the firmament of God, the disasters and calamities around us are of little or no moment. They are under our feet. Certainly, these things will have an effect on our lives — maybe a serious effect — but we must concentrate on Him, for only in that way will we have peace. Follow your star!
Beware of the storms of spiritual misgiving. The security of the saint’s life is his relationship to Jesus and obedience to His Word.