Shine

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

Wisdom, according to God, is easily gotten.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Seems that all we need do is make our request known to God and He will fulfill that for which we ask. But His answer comes with conditions:

James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Our request for wisdom needs to be daily. It needs to be in faith. It needs to be prayed from a heart that believes that we will receive it and that we will use it for His glory. Any allowance for our pride to take up that which God has given to be used for self-promotion will be brought to naught.

We see examples of those who have been allowed to shine throughout history.

Enoch walked with God. I believe that because he did not die, he will be one of the two witnesses spoken of during the Great Tribulation. He will be allowed to shine then as well.

Noah found favor with God. So much so, he was saved when the rest of the world was judged when the flood came. We are all descendants from Noah because he was allowed to be used of God.

Joseph was used mightily to save the nation of Israel. Rising to power through the most unusual means, we see how God strategically placed him to do so. The life he lived before all was exemplary. He shone to his father, before his brothers, in the jobs he held while captive, and then promoted to second in charge to Pharaoh – the most powerful leader of the world in his day.

Solomon sought after that which would aid him in carrying out the position given to him by God. Made king after his father David, Solomon was asked of God what He would give him. Solomon could have asked for power over his enemies. He could have asked for riches, influence, and length of days.

He requested that he be given the wisdom to rule so great a people.

Because of this request, God not only gave him wisdom above any man ever created, He also gave him that which he did not ask for – riches, influence over his enemies and length of days.

Kings and queens came to hear of the great wisdom of this man who received of God that which he did not possess.

But what can be said of us?

We have the same opportunity that Solomon had written in James. “Ask,” and you shall receive. We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have the armor of Ephesians 6. We have promises like:

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

We are being led to be formed in the likeness and image of God’s Son.

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

When you and I are fully persuaded to follow in His steps, we will begin to see the effects of our influence on those around us. Some for good. Others will be convicted and rebel in their conviction. As much as we would like to control the fruit of our life, that is wholly and totally up to God.

Trim your lamp, dear child of God and burn brightly for Him. Shine your light into the places darkened by sin and find that one who desires the Light you bear.

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