by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
The Prince of Peace, the Son of David, was announced by Isaiah. The story of his coming was proclaimed by the evangelists, each with a different emphasis. Jesus made God's kingship real in this world. Today, the kingdom is here—and it is coming.
"Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light" (Isa. 60:20).
The sun and the moon are lamps that God has hung in the sky to light the people on earth. In ancient times people needed moonlight worse than we do. Night—especially moonless nights—brought many fears. For many people that's still the case.
The prophetic word says, "You will no longer depend on sun and moon, but God will be your everlasting light." When God is our light, we are never in the dark. "Your sun does not set, and your moon does not wane." Light stands for life and joy. The presence of God gives us security and happiness.
Today this prophecy is being fulfilled. God is closer to us than ever before. He stays with us permanently through the Holy Spirit.
But our experience of his presence is not the same every day. Just as our moods are affected by the weather, so it seems that our faith falters when God's face is behind the clouds. We are influenced by the situations of life. But our hearts are not dependent on the circumstances. God is always with us.
A time is coming when nothing will hinder the radiance of God's light in our lives. There will be no night in the city to which we are going.
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version