This is the free student devotional for Resilient Faith, Session 1: Focused Faith.
Take a walk, paying careful attention to the sunlight and shadows. Thank God that there are no shadows in Him.
Think about situations and circumstances in this world where you see darkness (evil, poverty, abuse, etc.). Jot down a few of the things that came to mind.
The sun will no longer be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor. Your sun will no longer set, and your moon will not fade; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your sorrow will be over. —Isaiah 60:19-20
Now, read Isaiah 60:1-3,19-20 in your Bible. Underline the words or phrases that bring light and hope into the situations you just listed.
Ponder these questions:
Why is it important that God’s light is everlasting?
In this passage, “light” refers to God’s presence. How do the light of the sun and the moon pale in comparison to the light of God’s perpetual presence, promised to us in Scripture?
It’s easy to let the world’s darkness creep into your life. Thankfully, God is the everlasting light.
Behind the Story
Isaiah was a bold man of God who proclaimed the coming Messiah to the Israelites. Some scholars believe these verses make reference to the condition of the Jews after their return from captivity, but it’s certainly more than that. These verses are also prophetic, pointing to Christ and His coming kingdom.
• Look over the list of you created earlier. How does knowing that God’s glory will one day overshadow all the world’s darkness cause you to praise Him?
• Write the names of those in your life who need the hope of an everlasting light. Pray for intentional opportunities to share Christ with them.
• For further study, read Revelation 21:23-26 and 22:25 to find out more about the everlasting light of God’s glory we will someday see.
Read over 1 John 1:5-7 carefully, pausing to consider and think through what each phrase means. Use mystudybible.com to guide you. Repeat the verses aloud several times as you study.