Sun’s Ray of Hope

By Pastor Mitch
December 20, 2011

The world needs sunlight. Sunlight, in the broad sense, is the total frequency spectrum of electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun. The existence of nearly all life on earth is sustained by light from the sun, which by the way travels 300,000 km per second. Plants need sunlight to complete a process called photosynthesis, where they can produce simple sugars.  We, humans, also need sunlight. According to Wikipedia, the body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D. Excessive seclusion from sunlight leads to its deficiency unless adequate amounts are obtained through diet. A lack of sunlight is also one of the causes of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) a serious form of the “winter blues”. Most of all, we need sunlight to see things and to discern where we are going. Without visible light from the sun or other light sources, we would not be able to see what is ahead along a path or a road. Each morning, it is always a joy to see the sun rising and dispelling all darkness.


“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”
– Proverbs 4:18-19

The rising of the sun is often used metaphorically in the Bible. The writer of the above proverbs saw how the way of the just is like a sun that is rising up on a new day. The Lord God has determined for us to walk in the paths of wisdom and righteousness. If we follow in the way of the just, there will be greater clarity and certainty about the path that we are taking. There would be greater understanding and hope until there is fullness of light like a perfect day. There is deep assurance about knowing where we are going. There comes purpose and meaning in what we are doing. On the other hand, the wicked would be walking in the way of darkness. They stumble over many things in life but they do not know what makes them stumble because they cannot see in the “darkness”.  Let’s not choose the path of darkness. Let’s always choose the path of light and justice instead.