Lessons from A Sunset

Here are three lessons we can learn from a sunset.


1. Ending

With a sunset, we know that the day is ending and it is time to rest. When the sun is setting, our bodies start preparing for sleep. All of us were given 24 hours every day. Right now, we live with time but, in Heaven there is no time, no 24 hours, and no restraints. As we see with everything that is happening today, the sunset of this world is coming quickly; soon Jesus will come back and put everything right, ending evil once and for all.

Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. - Genesis 28:10-11
He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down. You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest creep about. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God. When the sun rises, they gather together and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions— - Psalm 104:19-24

2. Warmth

Sunsets give off a warm feeling when looking at the darkening sky. We see beautiful colors the sun pours out over the sky as it bids farewell to us for the day. We get ready for the moon and stars that will shortly appear. Jesus provides warmth and comfort to our worn and broken hearts. When we feel we can't go on any longer, Jesus steps in and tells us to rest in Him, casting ALL our cares, worries, concerns, struggles, and pain on Him because He loves and cares for us. Sometimes having a good cry and talking to Jesus is all it takes to release those anxieties and distress. Other times, going to God's Word and hearing what He says, or spending quiet time meditating on Him and pouring truth (His Word) back into our spirit is what is needed. He is strong and able to carry us and our baggage. Don't feel the need to be everything for everyone and do everything all the time. Just do a little each day, taking it step-by-step, and lean on God throughout each moment.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19

3. Dimming

A sunset means the light of the day becomes the dark of the night. The view we could see clearly becomes dimmed and less distinguished. Similarly, when we get older our eyes become dimmer. The clear vision we had as youth becomes distorted and blurred to where we need glasses to read or see correctly. Yes, some of us were born with or had bad vision as kids, but it only gets worse with age. With the dimming of life, comes the hope for a new body we will receive in heaven. Where neither the sun nor our eyes will be dimmed.

Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see - Genesis 27:1a
Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. - Genesis 48:10a
Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were so [a]dim that he could not see. - 1 Samuel 4:15
My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, and all my members are like shadows. - Job 17:7
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. - 1 Corinthians 13:12

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