Morning Star

revelation 22_16b

I came out of the hotel and turned right. I had dutifully recorded the directions, as I understood them. Turn right, walk to the end of the street, turn left, walk down to the water. Continue on from there. I was meant to end up at a shop, things to pick up and check on. But the directions I was attempting to follow were less than helpful. My mistake was my very first turn. I had turned right. I needed to turn left. Had I done that correctly, everything else would have fallen into place.


“I, Jesus, … am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16b (NIV)

“I, Jesus … I’m the Root and Branch of David, the Bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16B (MSG)


I need a Morning Star so desperately.

Left on my own, with my horrible sense of direction, I end up in passageways and tunnels dark and gloomy. Feelings take over. Their unreliable nature skews my reality twisting it into something that it isn’t.

I am easily distracted. Watch this. Do that. Without a sense of direction and purpose, I can wander or people watch for hours. It can be really fun. But at the same time, if I’m meant to accomplish something meaningful, I can miss the thing I was meant to notice all along.

I need the Morning Star, Jesus, to give me direction. He has a plan. He has a plan for my life. He knows the way ahead. I can be lost in the forest and He sees each tree and knows the path better than I ever will. I can be mired in my feelings, He is there, in the thick of it waiting for me to ask for His help. He has never abandoned me. He has never thrown up His hands in despair. Instead, He is faithful to be with me, pointing the way ahead.

I need the Morning Star, Jesus, to give me purpose. He continues to point me to where my focus is meant to be. With my gaze fixed on Him, I can accomplish the things that He has laid out for me to do.

I need the Morning Star, Jesus, to light my path. When the path seems to be overcome by the dark, my tendency is to turtle in on myself. The give-up factor is right there. But Jesus is the Light. As the Morning Star, He does not hide, but instead reveals. He reveals truth regardless of feelings or circumstances. He lights the way promising to always be there. He reveals truth and shines a light on the lies that I may have slipped into believing. The light dispels the darkness. It shatters its power. I need His light!

Praise Jesus! He is my Morning Star!

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