“For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5
There’s a pristine peace and sacred quality to dawn. As the sunrise slowly pours forth light, I always welcome its sense of renewal, the promise of a fresh day.
No matter what anguish has passed in the darkness of night, faith arises with the first rays of sunshine. Grace is always waiting in the morning hour.
Yet, even before the sunrise makes its way into the skyline, another celestial wonder signals hope.
The morning star.
Against the ebony sky, when darkness still seems so grim and so dominant, a bright orb nevertheless glimmers with anticipation. This star announces that nighttime will not last forever, but dawn will soon come—and with it restoration.
Looking back at this past year since last Christmas, darkness heavily blanketed much of the world and difficulty ran rampant in my life and those I love.
Violence in our country is increasing. Rejection of God’s truth is going wild. Personal struggles against sin are all too real.
On this turbulent earth broken under the burden of sin, the night appears gloomier than ever.
Yet Christmas reminds us, as it did for every generation facing tribulations before us, that the morning star is in view—that dawn has begun.
Jesus is the Morning Star.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:16
When Christ humbly came in a manger, He marked a new beginning – the dawn of eternity.
I listen to the Christmas hymn “O Holy Night,” and this imagery comes to mind:
“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born...”
By His birth, life, and resurrection, Jesus literally ushered in the promise of God to His people, shattering the darkness of man’s broken history and bringing final redemption.
This star, this Savior, is bright and outshines all others.
He was what the Jewish people and every angel of heaven were eager for. His coming was the realization of a hope long awaited—a new kingdom empty of sin. Jesus is the first-fruit of the new earth to come, and He made a way for mankind to join Him there.
So as I grapple with the suffering in this life, both personal and beyond me, I look to Christ my Morning Star and see victory is guaranteed and just over the horizon. Only God brings each dawn, and only God can end this world for one far greater.
I also think of Mary, who toiled in the night like every other woman in the pains of childbirth, but nevertheless met the morning with joy over a baby in her arms—the Savior of the world.
If we endure now, the Morning Star will not only be in sight, but be ours forever.
He is the promise—one we must never forget, one that can always fuel our hope now and with each day.
“The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations…And I will give him the morning star.” Revelation 2:26-28
Not only this, but we have a Morning Star whose glory is so infinite, that our heavenly future is lit by His splendor. Just imagine!
“They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:4-5
Just like the morning star is firmly fixed before each day, Jesus firmly brings real hope into our lives. He came once at Christmas, and you can be confident that He will come again, announcing a new life.
About the Author:
Dani is an Ivy-Leaguer turned homemaker immensely humbled and inspired by God’s grace. As a young wife and mommy, she’s eager to share how freedom and truth beautifully come together in Jesus in the everyday and extraordinary. Her blog Free Indeed – www.livingfreeindeed.com – aims to give women hope from God’s Word that refreshes their hearts to serve Christ faithfully.