Arise And Shine (1)
In Isaiah 60:1, the Lord instructed us “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”
WHEN the Lord tells us to arise, He wants us to get up from the lowly position the enemy has placed us, which is causing us to be depressed and lose hope. When He tells us to shine, He is saying that even though the evidence of what we want Him to do in our lives has not manifested, we should walk, smile and rejoice because He has already done it. When God looks at us, He is not seeing our present situations or problems; rather He is seeing the position that He created us to be in. So, we should stop feeling depressed and making our enemies rejoice over our lives. Instead, we should arise and shine and make our enemies angry.
Psalm 126:1-2 states, “When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” In the same way, when the blessings that the Lord has for you begin to manifest, you will feel as if you are dreaming, as if it could not possibly be real, and your mouth too will be filled with laughter. You may have a prolonged problem. You may have gone from pillar to post, sought the help of everyone you know and tried everything within your power to solve the problem but nothing worked. Then one day, when you least expect it, the God of suddenly, the El-Elyon says to you, arise and shine for your light has come. Your problems are solved!
When the glory of the Lord arises upon you, you will enter a room and no matter what you are wearing, or what you look like, before you even say a word, everyone in the room will know that somebody of significance has entered. When the glory of the Lord is upon you, every shut door will open and opportunities that you could not see before will suddenly become apparent. When the Lord tells you to arise and shine, He is simply telling you to get up, shake off the spirit of poverty, lack or infirmity that had been dogging your steps and turn it into prosperity, blessings and goodness.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When He says arise and shine, the Lord is asking us to step out in faith. Even though we have not seen the manifestation of the miracle, if we believe that once He has said it, He will do it then we must act on His word. The reason that we doubt God is because we do not see our situations in the same way that He does.
Pastor Seyi Ogunorunyinka is the General Overseer, The Promisedland Restoration Ministries, Solution Ground, Surulere, Lagos.