by Alan Smith
Dan. 12:3: Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (NIV)
Have you ever been to a country music or rock concert? It feels like electricity is in the air. Everyone is excited and full of life. You look on stage and see the performers, in all their glory, leading the crowd in an uproar of praise. You think to yourself, if I could only meet those performers, I bet they would really like me and give me their nod of approval. Perhaps if they liked me, then I would have a reason to even like myself. Have you ever wanted the approval of others? Most of us have wanted the approval of others and we still do. When we do not get this approval, it causes us to experience rejection.
But what causes us to think this way? It grieves me when the children of God are looking for approval from a man or a woman, when we already have it from our heavenly Father. His grace and His mercy await us. I have observed that there is more rejection experienced than is given. What do I mean by this, you might ask? When we look for acceptance in all the wrong places it sets us up for “rejection”. The spirit of rejection is always waiting for us in the cul-de-sacs of life. When we go down the wrong roads of life for acceptance, there will always be dead ends. We find ourselves turning around in life, once again, looking for another road to lead us to this oasis that brings security, peace, and love.
Let me tell you what the word of God says about you and me. It says if we will only be wise, we will shine like the brightness of the heavens. Have you asked Jesus to come into your life? If so, this is a wise move on your part. Jesus tells us we have this light within us and we are to let it shine. He says: Matt. 5:15-16: Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men. Jesus encourages us to let the light that is now in us shine before all men. How can you hide light from darkness? You can’t. Light will always expel darkness. The verse in Daniel gives us the understanding that when this light truly shines from us, it will lead many into the righteousness of God. He then goes on to say that these wise ones will shine like the stars for ever and ever. Why would we want to meet the performing “stars” of rock and country music when we ourselves are called “stars from heaven”? I beg of you children of God, receive your stardom from the one who truly knows a “Star”. You never need to look for another.