Read: Revelation 22:5-16
I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. (v. 16)
In this devotional series and throughout the story of Scripture, we encounter a God who speaks in the darkness of night. He created the stars as symbols that proclaim his faithfulness. He speaks to Job in the darkness of suffering, and he makes covenants with Abraham and Jacob beneath a sky full of stars. God promises success to Joseph through a dream of stars, fills David’s mouth with cosmic praise, points to the stars as reminders of his covenant love for the Israelites in exile, and announces the birth of Jesus to the magi through a star in the night sky.
All of Scripture foretells the coming of “the bright morning star” (v. 16). And just like the magi searched the skies and awaited Christ’s birth, we watch and wait for the second coming of Jesus. The book of Revelation tells us that one day, we will no longer need the sun, moon, or stars: “the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Rev. 21:23). No matter how dark the night, we can be comforted that Jesus will come again. And we will dwell with him forever, in a kingdom where “the bright morning star” is himself our light.
Until that day, take heart! “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (1 John 1:5). We need only look up at the stars and remember.
As you pray, ask God to fill your heart with the hope of heaven!
About the Author
Katelyn J. Dixon is a writer and photographer from Auburn, Washington. When she’s not creating, she enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband Drew and partnering with him in life and ministry.