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by: Don Carmichael

11/21/2022

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We really have a fetish to be near-sighted, from our to-do lists to our habits.  I remember seeing more than one that had post-it notes or note pads everywhere, full of notes: reminders full of notes to be done immediately, as in that day.  But alas, many were still there when the day expired, ready for the day following and even later, when all is said and done.
When the work looks like we need to move, like the ice is melting or darkness is looming, we are reminded of what’s ahead.  “For look, darkness will cover the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the LORD will shine over you, and His glory will appear over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to your shining brightness.”  Although this refers to a specific Person and happening, there is also a general note of personal application.  Notice the notion to do something — first, to look before the event, before you feel as all is dark. Look!, as the prophet admonished, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me.”  Another would add, “Selah,” meaning pause. Breathe.  Look up!  See the bigger picture.  Look for (trust in) God’s presence (glory) and protection and providential care (provisioning), even as Jesus spoke, “For your heavenly Father knows your every need.”  Have eyes that see how He brings others into your life to walk along side of you.
Father, as we learn to walk with You, we are compelled by Your love to first give You thanks from a position of knowing and trusting, even trusting You more and more; for You are our helper and glory (successes) and the One Who lifts our heads — up.  Open our eyes to see.
Finally, when all is said and done, notice the end of the promise, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to your shining brightness,” not only being led to your help, but blessed by the glory about you, your shining brightness which overcomes even their darkness, as God grants you the graces and privileges to serve those He puts around you. 
Isaiah‬ ‭60‬:‭2‬-‭3‬, ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬, ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭32‬‬‬, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Psalm 3:2 CSB‬‬ ‬‬and KJV
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We really have a fetish to be near-sighted, from our to-do lists to our habits.  I remember seeing more than one that had post-it notes or note pads everywhere, full of notes: reminders full of notes to be done immediately, as in that day.  But alas, many were still there when the day expired, ready for the day following and even later, when all is said and done.
When the work looks like we need to move, like the ice is melting or darkness is looming, we are reminded of what’s ahead.  “For look, darkness will cover the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the LORD will shine over you, and His glory will appear over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to your shining brightness.”  Although this refers to a specific Person and happening, there is also a general note of personal application.  Notice the notion to do something — first, to look before the event, before you feel as all is dark. Look!, as the prophet admonished, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me.”  Another would add, “Selah,” meaning pause. Breathe.  Look up!  See the bigger picture.  Look for (trust in) God’s presence (glory) and protection and providential care (provisioning), even as Jesus spoke, “For your heavenly Father knows your every need.”  Have eyes that see how He brings others into your life to walk along side of you.
Father, as we learn to walk with You, we are compelled by Your love to first give You thanks from a position of knowing and trusting, even trusting You more and more; for You are our helper and glory (successes) and the One Who lifts our heads — up.  Open our eyes to see.
Finally, when all is said and done, notice the end of the promise, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to your shining brightness,” not only being led to your help, but blessed by the glory about you, your shining brightness which overcomes even their darkness, as God grants you the graces and privileges to serve those He puts around you. 
Isaiah‬ ‭60‬:‭2‬-‭3‬, ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬, ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭32‬‬‬, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Psalm 3:2 CSB‬‬ ‬‬and KJV
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