Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising…
According to our family story, my great-grandfather owned some land near Wilmington,
NC, which he sold after falling on hard times during the darkness of the Great
Depression. My own grandfather eventually desired to buy the land back, but his
employer would not loan him the money to do so. His friend then encouraged him to
move to the Charlotte, NC area where there was more opportunity. So my grandfather
packed up his family and headed for the “brighter light” of a life and career there,
eventually settling in Rock Hill, SC.
My grandfather chose to migrate to an unfamiliar place, to live amongst a largely
unfamiliar people, in order to have a better life. Isaiah 60 envisions a mass migration of
the nations to Mt. Zion, fleeing the thick, spiritual darkness in which they dwelled, in
order to come to the better life that is the light of Christ, arisen upon His people. Praise
be to God that this prophecy has been and continues to be fulfilled when people from
all manner of tribes, nations, and tongues come to faith in Christ Jesus. As those who
have already migrated to Jesus by grace through faith, may we the Church seize the
opportunity to love and minister to modern day refugees, immigrants, and wanderers
who are looking for a better life, by pointing them to the marvelous light of Christ.
Questions for Further Study
1. What does today’s passage teach us about the character of God?
2. What are some other passages of Scripture that also teach us this?
3. How does today’s passage and devotion lead you to pray? How does it lead you