Monday, July 5, 2010

Displays of Splendor

July 4th is a fun time of the year for families and friends. We always enjoy a fireworks display whether it is a public one or one with our extended family at my parents house. It’s precious to see the wonder in a child’s eyes when they see the display of colored light against the backdrop of the night sky.

No matter how flashy the containers are, the fireworks cannot convey to us their splendor and glory without the ignition of a flame. There is something similar in us. No matter how we package ourselves up, or market ourselves, with out the fire of His love ignited within our hearts, our beauty can never be displayed to the potential of His will. We can try on our own to do many things, but they without allowing His work within us, we will never see what He had in mind displayed for all the world to see.
When darkness comes around us, if we do not have the fire of His love within us, we have nothing to bring beauty to the darkness. On the other hand, if we have the fire of His love within us, it gives us the chance to bring a sparkle of hope to the darkness, displaying what He has placed within us and what is capable in His power. As the display unfolds, we can watch the wonder in the eyes of the observers, intrigued by what they have seen and, as a result, they will want to know more about Him, the one who designed the display.

……………. a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. Isaiah 61:3

Father, I pray that when darkness comes near, that we would not become discouraged, but see it as an opportunity for Your splendor to be displayed. May the display be one with Your signature so evident that many stand in amazement at what You are capable of. Give us Your strength and courage to face our dark times standing tall and confident in who You are and the power of Your alive, active Word. I pray that You would create a display in each of us that is unique, yet far reaching in how others can relate to You as the loving God that You are, increasing their faith one hundred fold. I thank You for how You have already displayed yourself to me throughout my life and I wait in eager expectation for what You will do next. It’s all about bringing You glory, plant what you may, Father, reach through me. Capture minds and hearts with Your magnificence. I pray for spiritual independence from this culture not only for myself, but for all those who read. May we stand independent and bold, not following along with the world, and proclaim You as Lord. Then we will behold with our own eyes the display of Your splendor.
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