by Knedra Vas

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

(2 Peter 1:19)

In astronomical terms, the morning star refers to the first visible light that appears above the horizon before the break of dawn. This star is actually the planet Venus. The ancients knew this light as a planet but referred to it as the most prominent star, naming it the morning star. The ancient world associated brightness, stars and planets with divine beings. When we read the New Testament describing Jesus as the morning star, we can certainly understand it as his divinity. Still, it also speaks of the dawn of a new day and the new kingdom or way to live that Jesus brought to earth.

When I think of morning, it speaks to me of a new day with new opportunities. Star speaks to me about brightness. Because I have Jesus in my life, I am thankful that I have another chance to do life better every morning and that Jesus is the one that brightens up my world.

Each morning is another day to start over. When I look at the areas of my life, I see Jesus doing a new thing in me. A new perspective on a challenging situation. An opportunity to change an attitude or opinion about someone. Another chance to be kind, generous, gracious, and merciful with those around me. To allow the brightness of who Jesus is to shine through me and impact the people in my world. To be confident that Jesus is in my today and in my tomorrow and that when the morning comes, it is another bright new day walking with him.

Whatever your yesterday looked like, thank Jesus that today is a new day and ask Him to do something new in you today.


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