by Rev. Dr. Haemin Lee, Frontier Fellowship Associate Director
Imagine you’re in the countryside at night, far away from the glow of city lights. It’s pitch dark and you can barely see your surroundings. You feel disoriented until your eyes adjust. Then you look up—countless shining objects cut through the darkness, their light traversing years and miles of time and space to meet your eyes. Stars, bursting with energy, radiate their own light. The moon, comets and distant planets—without their own source of brightness—come alive as they reflect the brilliance of the sun.
In today’s scripture, the prophet Isaiah observes that without the knowledge of God’s glory, the earth is bound in spiritual darkness. There is much brokenness and suffering around the world today, and many people live in despair without the Good News of Jesus.
But that’s not the end of the story. God’s glory is rising, and His people, like gleaming planets in the night sky, respond as radiant beacons of hope for a world shrouded in shadows.
Through the faithful witness of His people, God is drawing humanity to Himself. There are currently about 30,000 South Korean missionaries serving in more than 170 countries. Backed by spiritual fervor, missionary zeal and economic development, South Korea has become one of the largest missionary-sending countries in the world. With passports that give them access to nations that have been historically resistant to the Gospel, South Korean Christians are reflecting God’s bright light in places and among peoples eager to hear the Good News. We, too, have the incredible privilege of reflecting God’s glory and incarnating His love wherever He calls us to go, helping illuminate the path for others into His Kingdom (Daniel 12:3).
Take some time today to meditate on God’s glory. Where do you experience His glory shining the brightest? Is there a particular person, place or community close to your heart that needs to experience God’s glory and goodness? How might you reflect Him there?
Read more from our Advent devotional series.