On Sunday we discussed a verse in Romans 14 describing the kingdom of God as being about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit … and we recognized that in our life’s experiences those three characteristics are challenging at best. We noted that the kingdom is near, now, and is yet to come. Jesus said the kingdom of God was near. In Colossians we are told we have been transferred into the kingdom of his son. And in the Revelation, it says, now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God.
Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true (is realized) in Him and in you, because the darkness (moral blindness) is clearing away and the true Light (the revelation of God in Christ) is already shining. ~1 John 2:8 Amplified version
It’s seems easy sometimes to get caught up in the difficulties of life and forget that the true Light is already shining. Tonight I remember the sunlight in my soul … celebrate that sunlight … vanquishing the tempter’s dark thoughts. This sunlight that is golden gives [my] soul its needed rest.
If we care not for the present,
And our thoughts are on the past,
And we know not of the future
With its darkened clouds o’ercast:
When the storm-clouds of the present
Darken all our hopes and fears,
And our hearts grow sad beneath them,
And our eyes our dim with tears:
Hours of trouble, hours of sorrow,
Soon with splendor overcast,
Turn the sorrows that we borrow
Back into the distant past.
Thus with past illumination
Is our present hours made bright,
And our former darkened moments
With a glory-wave made light.
Then the beauty of the sunshine
To the present gives a glow,
As with misty gleams the future
Glances on the scenes below.
For our hearts must then grow lighter
As we catch those pleasant beams,
And our eyes with light grow brighter
With the soul’s reflecting dreams.
And the storm-clouds that o’ershadow,
Pass away beneath the rays
Of a former golden pastime,
As reflected on our ways.
Teaching us that ‘neath the curtain
Where the darkness lurks within,
That our thoughts will cast a shadow
Where the sunlight should come in.
Thus in moments when we’re nervous
With a care that few can test,
Then this sunlight that is golden
Gives our soul its needed rest.
And our troubles quickly vanish
As the storm-clouds backward roll
From the glory of the spirit,
And the sunlight of the soul.
~James S. Jennings