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Day 21 – The Sun

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (Rev 21:23)
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Rev 22:5)

As you can tell by now, I like to add some graphics to each of my posts. I feel that it gives us a preface of what that day’s post will be covering. Today is no exception – isn’t the beautiful sunrise breathtaking? My friend Jill took this picture and just wow!

Without the sun, our earth would die, plain and simple! Plant life requires sun for photosynthesis and without plants and trees giving us oxygen to breathe, the beautiful balance that God created is not there. From the beginning of time, the sun has been the center of mankind’s attention. Not only is the sun a source of light, it is a source of energy, it is a source for plant life to grow – it was and still is in some cases used in forms of worship – it provides man with essential vitamins – and it heats the atmosphere and the earth.

The word sun appears in 152 verses in the Word of God. Although its first appearance is found in Gen. 1:14-19, the actual word sun does not appear until Gen. 15:12.

Gen. 1:14-19, And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: (14) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (15) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. (16) And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, (17) And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. (18 ) And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (19)

Creation goes full circle – God provided light prior to the sun’s creation and God provides the light after the sun is no longer needed! A pastor friend shared this blessing about the sun:

It is interesting to note that the sun was created on the fourth day of creation. Then how were there “morning and evening” on the first three days? It was the light of the glory of God that that caused the first three mornings and evenings and this glory shall shine forever on those who live in the New Jerusalem.

I found it interesting that our Triune God’s light is what shown for the first three days! God is seen in every verse and every part of creation – just when man thinks he is so smart, God shows man just how little he knows.

Pastor Snipes insight continued to bless me with the following:

The sun seems so very large to us, and it is! Did you know that it has a diameter of about 864,000 miles and can hold 332, 000 earth’s? Wow! Yet our sun is an average star. It seems so big to us because it is so close, averaging 93,000,000 miles away from earth. If the sun were any closer, the earth would be baked by the heat and would be no more than a cinder. If it were any farther, the earth would be a ball of ice. Our Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has placed the sun so that it is of the greatest benefit to man.

Psalms 19:4-6, “Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”

Man thinks the universe just happened – a big bang. What foolishness this is! It takes more faith to believe this theory (and that is all it is), than it does to believe that God created everything. It takes more faith to believe that living organisms came from non-living organisms! This belief is called abiogenesis. Scientists have had numerous debates over this belief, which began in the early 20th century. With all their head knowledge, they lack wisdom. Why do I say this? I say this because they mislead people into believing something that has no facts. Were these scientists present when it first happened? No, of course not! Yet, they theorize that life came from non-living organisms. The wisdom of man is foolishness.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Pro 14:12)

God’s Word says that by His hand, He holds everything together. At any time, God could take His hand off and all things in the universe would collide!

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Col. 1:17

God used the sun in the Bible to show us His power. Pastor Snipes continued to share:

In the Old Testament, we see the Lord using the Sun as a tool to demonstrate His power. Joshua was locked in battle with the kings of the Amorites. The battle was going well; however, the Israelites were running out of daylight so that they might have the final victory. Joshua prayed a most unusual prayer that God answered.

Joshua 10:12-13, “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”

How our Lord accomplished this, we cannot say. What I can say is that the Creator God, who established the laws of nature, is able to suspend those laws; the laws that modern man holds to so tightly that they cannot see the spiritual aspect of creation. This was a miracle of God and cannot be explained.

A second miracle involving the Sun is found in the book of Isaiah. There was a godly king, Hezekiah, who was sick and about to die. He knew this because the prophet Isaiah had brought the Word of the Lord to him. Hezekiah prayed for mercy and God granted him 15 more years. When Isaiah returned to the king with the good news, the king wanted to know that what Isaiah had said was the truth. Therefore, God granted a miracle.

Isa. 38:7-8, “And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”

Even scientists agree that the sun will not last forever. They believe that the sun will die in 5 billions years! Oh the ignorance of man. God is still in control. The Bible says that at some point we will have no need for the sun or the moon.

Revelation 21:22-23, “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof”

Thank you, Pastor Snipes, for your help in putting this beautiful piece of creation into this devotional.

The Word says that Jesus is the light of the world! He sheds the blessed light of His Word into our hearts so that we are no longer blind. I remember the day of my salvation like it was yesterday! Not two minutes after I accepted Christ as my Saviour, I opened His Word to the Book of John and I could read and understand His Word! I never could understand the Bible before that day. It was like drinking sand to me. But on that beautiful, glorious day April 1st, 1980, Christ shined His light into my heart and I could clearly see!

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (Joh 8:12)

Jesus is our Sonlight!

Judson Van Deventer

I wandered in the shades of night,
Till Jesus came to me,
And with the sunlight of His love
Bid all my darkness flee.

Sunlight, sunlight in my soul today,
Sunlight, sunlight all along the way;
Since the Savior found me, took away my sin,
I have had the sunlight of His love within.

Though clouds may gather in the sky,
And billows ’round me roll,
However dark the world may be
I’ve sunlight in my soul.


While walking in the light of God,
I sweet communion find;
I press with holy vigor on
And leave the world behind.


I cross the wide, extended fields,
I journey o’er the plain,
And in the sunlight of His love
I reap the golden grain.


Soon I shall see Him as He is,
The Light that came to me;
Behold the brightness of His face,
Throughout eternity.