“Oh you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colourful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires” (Isaiah 54:11).
‘I will lay your stones with colourful gems’. This is a promise of God. God is one who makes everything from nothing and He can lay our stones with colourful gems. He is the one to teach your children and transforms them into precious.
I worked as a maths teacher in a school for a year. On the first day the headmaster told me that he was handing over sixty stones (Students) to me and I was supposed to change them into sixty gems. Since I believed that it is God who could transform the children that way and hence accepted the challenge.
God makes the sun, moon and the stars to shine. Not only that. He even makes a lightening bug to shine. Our loving God says ‘I will make you shine. Arise and shine.’ How to shine for God? Yes. It is the prayerful life which makes you shine. Moses prayed for forty days, day and night, staying in His presence in Mount Sinai. Since he was coming after staying in God’s presence, the skin of his face shone like a sun (Exodus 34:28-30).
Christ’s face shone like a sun when He prayed with His disciples in the mount of transfiguration Mathew 17:1, 2). Prayerful life and filling of Holy Spirit will make one’s life shine. John the Baptist had filled with Holy Spirit even when he was in his mother’s womb. Jesus witnessed saying “He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.” (John 5:35)
Just like how oil is essential for the lamp to burn, the Holy Spirit is essential for your spiritual life to shine. “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.” (Exodus 27:20). “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
Scripture is also very essential for your life to shine. Paul the Apostle writes “You shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15, 16). Yes. “….. having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,” (1Peter 1:23).
To meditate: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).