Saturday, February 3rd
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FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT,
GOTTA WEAR SHADES
the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy
rising" (Isaiah 60:3)
Wow, kings being drawn to our light. That's a
bright future! Solomon wrote that the "path of the just is as the shining
light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18). Think I'll switch from Ultrabrite whitening toothpaste to Super-Megabrite, the
prognosis is so good! No one ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright
side of things. Faith brightens the smile, puts light in the eyes and radiance
on the countenance. Some call it an "Optimist's Club". Peele called them
"possibilitarians", but Paul understood this bright-eyed crowd to be "the
manifestation of the sons of God" (Romans 8:19). The whole place lights up when
the Light of the World walks in.
When Moses came down from Sinai he looked like
he had dabbled in some hundred-proof plutonium - "behold the skin of his face
shone; and they were afraid to come near him" (Exodus 34:30). Moses was so
bright the people had to wear shades. But the least believer under this New
Covenant has right to greater glory than Moses. What radiated from Sinai can't
compare with what shines from Calvary. Looking at Spirit-filled Stephen, the
Sanhedrin "saw his face as it had been the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15). Stephen had plugged into a light socket too, prayer. Splendor, effulgence,
iridescence, the inner glow broke through.
The Isaiah text urges, "Arise, shine, for thy
light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you" (Isaiah 60:1).
Glory is dawning on the church at the dawn of this new millennium. Don't yawn,
dawn. This is the greatest day to be alive.
Bright futures are planned and believed for.
Barbara Johnson said, "An optimist looks at an oyster and expects to find a
pearl. A pessimist looks at one and expects to get ptomaine poisoning". Bright
futures belong to those who believe God placed them here for a purpose. Loren
McCall proclaimed, "I'm not a has-been; I'm a will-be". God holds the future in
His hands and we know that everything He touches is good. So listen to the
Word, not the news or weather forecast. Pork futures don't look too promising.
Soybean futures and all those other commodities fluctuate up and down like
yoyos. I'm not interested in futures, actually I'm trying to bring the
future into the now. Bright futures are lived in the bright now, right now, for
today is yesterday's future. Can you think of a more moronic oxymoron than a gloomy
Christian? Where do you find that adjective in the Bible? Paul said, "I can
do all things through Christ" and he did all things he was called to do. I love
his attitude, "As sorrowful, yet rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as
having nothing, yet possessing all things" (2 Corinthians 6:10). It didn't
matter what the devil hit him with, his expectation for tomorrow never dimmed
one lumen. Dow Jones may be down but he's always down so pay him no attention.
Your future is only as bright as your self-talk. Talk positive. Be positive. As
for me, the only way my day could be any better is if I were cloned and there
were two of me! Or as the punk song said, "Things are goin' great and they're
only getting better. I'm doin' all right, getting' good grades, the future's so
bright, I gotta wear shades".