We have just left the beach. The sun is setting quickly after a long day of fun and relaxation. Earlier, it was hanging high in the sky, tanning our skin as the younger kids romped in the waves. Soon, I know, it will vanish from sight completely behind the California horizon. The sun and what it means to us sits as a beautiful picture of our Lord.
The sun is brilliant and glorious. We cannot look at it without being blinded by its intensity. Its brightness is too strong.
Secondly, the sun is constant. Just as now the sun is setting for the night, we know that it will again rise come morning. It is something we would find silly even to question.
In the third place, the sun is a source of vitality. Without the energy force of the sun this earth could have no life. The absence of it would be an unfathomable void.
The sun in the final place is our greatest light source. It illuminates our surroundings, so that we may carry on with our daily lives. It makes everything around us make sense.
It is fitting then that our Lord is referred to in Scripture as the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). He is omnipotent and worthy of all praise (Revelation 4:11). He is always faithful–we never have to be in question of His promises (Malachi 3:6). He is our Fountain of life, taking those who are dead in sin, and breathing His Spirit into them (Romans 6:11). In fact, as the Creator and Sustainer of all things, our God is life; nothing could be apart from Him. Finally, our Lord sheds light on our walk here on this earth. All things that we as believers do are in the light and knowledge of Him and what He has revealed to us in His Word (Psalm 119:105).
We are children of this Sun. Made in His image (Genesis 5:1), we reflect Him. We have His Spirit working in us. May we too shine as lights in this world. We walk as children of the Light!