CATCHING SOME RAYS
Psa. 92:13-14 Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green,
Just like everything else, spiritual growth is the work of God. Of course we do the yielding but we can’t make ourselves grow. We mature spiritually as we soak in the life of God that shines out from The Lord. We receive this life basically two ways. His light shines out through His word. As we soak in the scriptures, the light of His glory begins to awaken the seed of His life that has been planted within us. We begin to take on His characteristics from the glory of His word. In the same way, His anointing is also His very life. Basking in His presence is like basking in the light of the sun. We soak in the rays of His glory as we soak in the anointing. Spiritual growth is the result. As His presence penetrates our hearts through His word and His anointing we begin to bring forth His fruit. Jonathan Edwards spoke about this fruitfulness in His sermon “Christ Our Spiritual Sun”. Check this out.
“The beams of this sun causes the souls of believers to grow and flourish and bear fruit. They not only give life to them but strengthen life, and causes ’em to increase. As the sunbeams not only bring a plant out of the earth from the seed that seemed to lie dead and buried there, but causes ’em to flourish and increase and bring forth fruit, so do Christ’s beams to the souls of believers. The soul flourishes under them, increases in grace, grows in strength and stature, buds and blossoms as the rose and brings forth fruit in its season, and its leaf fades not. As ’tis said in the text, “Ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall”; and also agreeable to that, Hosea 14:5-07, “I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.”
Back in my Bible School days we lived in sunny California. Actually we lived in the San Joaquin Valley. We were literally surrounded with farms. The fields were filled with grapes, tomatoes, cantaloupes, cotton and pretty much everything else. One of the keys to the fertility of the valley was the sun. There was plenty of rain in the winter but it never rained in the summer, there were months and months of sunshine. It was a great place for crops to flourish. We can take the lesson of one of our nation’s bread baskets; get a lot of sun and you will be fruitful. Maybe you can catch some rays today.