~~ No Need of the Sun ~~

Some time ago it had been a bit of an up and down time and for some reason I found myself feeling rather up and down also, perhaps a little more than usual.

One day I would be as high as a kite and another down in the dumps. I found that my mood was a little too subject to my circumstances. If there was some kind of encouragement then that suited me very well but if the next day brought some discouraging news, then I found myself struggling. I guess I made a pretty good job of covering it up but inwardly I was getting rather annoyed with the way I was reacting to the changing circumstances. It seemed to me that I was rather too dependent upon the fair weather rather than depending solely upon the One who knows no change.

What must a person do in such a dilemma? Well, there is only one reliable source of help at such a time as this and that is God Himself. I began to tell Him that I was sorry about losing my way and question why or how I had allowed my joy in life to become so dependent upon whether or not the ‘sun was shining,' as it were. Where had I gone wrong? I needed Him to help me so much.

My God never leaves His children floundering if they call upon Him for help from a sincere heart. He already knows the need and the answer to it, but do we really want to know what that answer is?

I learned it well as He gave an answer to my need from Scripture. I was reading about the New Jerusalem which is yet to come as recorded in the book of Revelation, and there I read these wonderful words:

“And I saw no temple therein:
for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
Revelation 21: 22-23

You may well be wondering what the connection is between what I have just written and what I have quoted from Scripture! Well, there is indeed a connection and a wonderful truth here in this passage as the writer begins to describe this beautiful city descending from heaven to earth.

It is indeed an illustration of the dwelling place of God, His beloved Son, and His people. It is a place of unsurpassable beauty and glory, of joy and peace, where sorrow is unknown. It is such a place of wonder and beauty because He is there and the centre of it. Now, there is perpetual light in that wonderful place but if you were there right now you wouldn't find it in the sky. This is the kind of light that will reveal colours and beauties the eye has never seen before. The glory of God shines in all its splendour there and the Lamb of God, that is the Lord Jesus Himself is the light thereof. There is no need of the sun – there!

What an encouragement to know that He who is to be the centre and light of the future new heavens and earth has also taken up His abode within the hearts of all those who have truly trusted in Him. He lives within those who are truly 'born of God'!

Then it occurred to me that I do not need to ‘see the sun' to get through my day! We take for granted the pathway of the sun across the sky each day and the light of the moon at night but the face of these are changing all the time: sometimes you see them and sometimes you don't! However when He is the centre of our little lives we have ‘no need of the sun'; for He is the light thereof. In fact He is the joy, and the strength, and the comfort thereof also!

He who has promised to His own people: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” (Hebrews 13: 5) is more than able and sufficient to keep us. We have no need for ‘props' or others upon which to lean. David the King of Israel said: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23: 1) Which has been lovingly translated as follows: “Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need” May be this is why the writer to the Hebrews wrote these words:

“... Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”
Hebrews 12: 1-2

Looking to Him I believe is just the answer, and none of us need to be influenced by the circumstances of our little worlds; for He who is all sufficient dwells therein.

I believe that perhaps in the passing of time I will have to remind myself again and again that the God in whom I trust is faithful, sufficient and unchangeable.

May be you just might have the need to do the same!

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume,
and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake.

John Rippon 1751-1836