But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
– Proverbs 4:18
We all appreciate a good sunrise. And rightly so. It can be beautiful beyond description. How kind of God to bring us the sun and its light in this way.
Who would prefer for the sun to be instant on-off? That is, who prefer that out of the black of night, the noonday sun instantly popped into the sky? No gradualness, no time lapse – just instant noonday sun? No one.
Not only would such a scenario deprive us of the beauty we find in mornings – including the dew and the fresh smells of flowers opening – it would endanger us. I’m no scientist and so I don’t know how to measure the shock this would bring to our systems, but it couldn’t be good for us.
God revealed Himself to us in the same way that He brings the sun from the earliest dawn to high noon.
- He was conceived.
- He was born.
- He grew up.
- He lived as a man and died.
- He was raised from the dead.
- He ascended into heaven.
- He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- He resumed His seat on the throne of God.
In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is most clearly distinguished from God. In John, we see Jesus saying things like “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30) and “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). In Acts, Jesus ascends into heaven and is thereafter operating from that location. Throughout the epistles, Jesus is presented as residing at the right hand of God…and how do you get closer to God than that? Finally, in Revelation, Jesus is practically sitting on the throne of God itself and declaring that “the time is near” for His great coming in glory.
A simpler way of describing this is that Jesus is portrayed as human being in the four gospels, and then as a heavenly being throughout the rest of the New Testament. This sets the stage for the “Aha” moment when you realize He is God.
Can you appreciate why God didn’t reveal Himself out of the black of night as instant noonday sun?
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for awakening us to Your glory gradually; it’s hard enough to take in even that way!…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)