“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things
in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David,
the Bright and Morning Star.”
(Revelation 22:16 NKJV)
Unless you’re an incurable insomniac, work the midnight shift, or are a farmer or rancher, few walk outside in the minutes just before sunrise. After completion of my “God time” each morning, it’s time to walk Archie the dog, prepare feed for the livestock, feed Bubba, and wake the chickens. I’ve grown to love the fact that our home faces the eastern sky. It gives me the opportunity to behold God’s tapestry for each day the moment I walk out the door. Often, I hear (more than see) the livestock waking up in the north pasture.
The thing I love the most about mornings this time of year is the opportunity it gives me to spend a few more minutes with God. On clear mornings, I look high above the trees to see where the sun will be coming up. It’s marked by the morning star. The brightest star in the eastern sky and the last to disappear from sight as the sun rises to begin the day.
Most know this, but the morning star is not a star at all, but the planet Venus. Known as an interior planet, meaning it sits between the sun and earth, Venus is visible as the morning star for only nine out of every nineteen months. Venus serves as the evening star for another nine months and is invisible to the naked eye for one of the nineteen months. When preceding the sun, it is the morning star. Trailing the sun, it becomes the evening star. For many years, it’s served as a navigation aid.
As much as I enjoy the science of astronomy, the morning star holds a special place in the life of this Christian. I view it each day, when visible, spending a few more minutes speaking with my Savior. I know it’s a planetary object, but I recognize that it’s called out in God’s Word. Jesus used the term “Bright and Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16, describing His promise of return to the Apostle John. We see the morning star as a symbol of hope. The Morning Star (Jesus Christ) brings joy into my world each day, whether I can gaze upon this physical reminder or not. While I don’t wish upon it, I do use it as another prompt to spend a few moments with God.
I’m reminded Christ is the source of my joy and how He brings His light into my soul in the same way the morning star brings light into my day. The morning star also helps me to focus on God by reminding me that the dawning of a new day is a new opportunity. With each new day, He gives me the choice to worship, praise, learn from, and glorify Him. Last, it renews my hope in Christ’s return and prompts me to remember that He is my compass as I ask Him to guide my life this day.
Some may see me as a hopeless romantic who holds onto some fantasy of living forever in a Utopian society based on ancient beliefs. I disagree. I see my faith as the anchor my soul needs to transcend this world and reach into the spiritual realm, where my Creator resides. My faith in God, through my belief upon the sacrifice of His Son and my asking Him to be Lord of my life, is not ethereal. It is what brings peace to my soul, reconciliation with my Creator, and hope for my tomorrow.The morning star helps connect the physical world with the spiritual realm, where God resides. #MorningStar #Hope #Guidance Click To Tweet
The one question I always ask when gazing upon the morning star is, “Are You coming today, Lord?” My conversations often include, “Help me to serve You today and help me to show Your light in this world through my life.” I ask that if He’s not coming back today, to help me reach just one more person with His love. I sometimes pray again for unsaved family members or friends, praying they come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Redeemer.What things in your life help you stay connected to God? #FaithLife #StayConnected Click To Tweet
Out here in “God’s country”, I find many things in His natural world that remind me that God is all around me, in everything I behold. Have you thought about the things and people God places in your life to remind you to stay connected to Him through faith? In addition to Christian fellowship, an active prayer life, and study of His Word, nature is my biggest prompt. Whether in a cool breeze on a hot day, the lowing of cattle as evening settles upon me, or a beautiful sunrise or sunset, God is always near. I think my faith is what prompts me to look for Him in these things.
Isn’t it funny how we find God in our acts of faith? I would be blind to His presence without my faith. It is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that has opened my spiritual eyes to see Him, talk with Him, and learn from Him in faith. When I think of those who have not yet received the free gift of salvation, my heart aches. What a fearful, dark, foreboding world they must face. Alone and without any real hope.
My prayer for you this week is that you take a few moments to look for that morning star in your life that reminds us where our hope comes from. We can, and should, live in that hope by living beyond this world and the problems we face each day. In the hope of Christ, I know He fills my tomorrow with the light of His love.