The sun is is always there. It provides warmth and light. It rises in the east and sets in the west; and as a result, it can guide us. It plays a vital role in necessary precipitation. It brings us life directly - light provides much needed Vitamin D - and indirectly - it provides energy to plants that we eat to nurture us. To do all these things, the sun must be very powerful. We see a glimpse of it's power when we get sunburned. But generally, we take it for granted. It's just there...it does it's thing....until it's not.
It should not surprise us that the Creator of the sun, shares these characteristics.
The Lord God is a sun and a shield. ~ Psalm 84:11
He provides and is Light
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in
darkness, but will have the light of life." ~Jesus, John 8:12
He warms us with His love.
We know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love
everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit
to fill our hearts with his love. ~Romans 5:5
He guides us.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
~ Psalm 119:105
He gives and is life.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.
Yes, I am the bread of life!" ~ Jesus, John 6:47-48
He is powerful.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory
and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and
earth is yours. (NIV) ~ 1 Chronicles 29:11
Like the sun, we often take God and His Goodness for granted. We assume that He's there...that His goodness is there until something happens that makes us feel as if He or His Goodness is not. Then we seek to question and to find.
Like the sun, we cannot look upon God in ALL of His power and glory. (“You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” ~ God, Exodus 33:20). This side of heaven, we catch only glimpses. This side of heaven, we can only imagine the fullness of God.
As we anticipate the excitement of the eclipse, let's not get lost in the wonder of the creation and forget to think about - imagine - worship - the ONE who created the sun and the moon, the ONE who truly provides light, warmth, guidance, power and life.
Choosing to worship Him together...