Sunshine through the clouds
‘And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.’ Genesis 12:7
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Revelation 21:22–22:6
Though the Lord was always with Abraham to protect and bless him, he manifested himself or appeared to him but now and then. Thus with respect to all necessary supplies of grace and strength, and a liberty to seek his direction and blessing, he is ever with his people—but there is a gracious presence, the light of his countenance, which they do not always enjoy. In this sense he visits them but does not abide, as the sun gives us every day for necessary uses, but does not always shine upon us. When it does, it casts an inimitable glory and gilds every object. Be thankful for the light and for eyes to behold it, but pray likewise for the breaking forth of the Sun of righteousness. If you have it, rejoice in it, yet expect a change. There are reasons both on the Lord’s part and on ours why he does not always shine. But in yonder happy world we shall have unclouded skies.
As when the weary traveller gains
The thought of home his spirit cheers,
The height of some o’er-looking hill;
No more he grieves for troubles past;
His heart revives, if cross the plains
Nor any future trial fears,
He eyes his home, though distant still.
So he may safe arrive at last.
While he surveys the much-loved spot,
’Tis there, he says, I am to dwell
He slights the space that lies between;
With JESUS, in the realms of day;
His past fatigues are now forgot,
Then I shall bid my cares farewell,
Because his journey’s end is seen.
And he will wipe my tears away.
Thus, when the Christian pilgrim views
JESUS, on thee our hope depends,
By faith, his mansion in the skies;
To lead us on to thine abode;
The sight his fainting strength renews,
Assured our home will make amends
And wings his speed to reach the prize.
For all our toil while on the road.
SERMON SERIES: GENESIS, NO. 24 [2/4], GENESIS 12:7