STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

BE A LIGHTHOUSE
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I
have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me
should
stay in darkness. John 12:46

One of the strongest images of standing
strong in a storm is the lighthouse.
In the era before radar, satellite
navigation and GPS systems, lighthouses
were vital to protect ships from
crashing onto rocks, shoals and shores.
Building lighthouses can be
considered one of man’s most noble endeavors.
Since the beginning of
seafaring, families and friends have lit bonfires at
night to guide sailors
home.

George Bernard Shaw said, “I can think of no other edifice constructed by man
as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to
serve.”

And evangelist D.L. Moody commented, “Lighthouses don’t fire
cannons to call
attention to their shining—they just shine.”

Jesus
used this imagery of light to describe our role in His kingdom. We are
the light of the world, He said, after claiming Himself to be the true light.
Therefore we function much like a lighthouse, both internally and
externally.

The first design for a lighthouse is the internal function of
generating
light. Early lighthouses used a literal fire that had to be
constantly fed and
watched. Later electric lights were utilized and
ultimately laser lights. But
this light still has to be internally
projected.

So we too as followers of Jesus project internal light, the
outer expression
of the inner life under the control of the Holy
Spirit.

The other aspect of a modern lighthouse is that it also is an
external
reflector. Over the years of improvements, revolving lenses have
been
developed to reflect that internally generated light further into
the
darkness.

As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so we reflect
the light of the Son
in a world of darkness.

And finally, lighthouses
remind us of God’s love. Like the bright shining beam
of a lighthouse, His
love reaches out…piercing through the darkness of any
storm.

RESPONSE:
Today and throughout this year I will be a lighthouse for Jesus,
projecting
His inner light and reflecting His light externally.

PRAYER: Lord, may
Your love and Your light pierce the darkness of the world
around me as I
stand strong and faithful for You like a lighthouse, today and
through the
year ahead.

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