“… his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength” (Rev. 1:16).
Many names are given to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Word of God. He is called the “Sun of righteousness” in Mal. 4:2. In Matt. 17:2 we read “…his face did shine as the sun”. How many blessings we receive from the sun! As a matter of fact, all that we receive from the earth depends upon the sun. Without the sun there will be no rain. In the same way, the growth of the trees depends upon the sunshine. The leaves are so green, because a substance called chlorophyll absorbs the sunshine and the trees grow and the fruit ripens. In this country there is plenty of sunshine, but we do not know its value. There are countries where they do not see the sunshine for many, many weeks. And if they happen to have a sunny day, it is a day for happiness. Even those who are miserable look happy on that day and you find crowds going here and there, because of the sunshine.
The doctors say that every germ of every disease can by killed by sunshine. There are hospitals in Switzerland where many diseases are cured by sunshine. No pill, no injection, no medicine. The sun is allowed to shine upon the patient at different angles at different times. God’s word says that “the Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings”. Let that Sunshine upon you and you will find all diseases being cured automatically; your spiritual diseases can be cured by the Lord Jesus Christ, by spending sufficient time upon your knees every morning, mid-day and night in His presence. Very few believers spend enough time in God’s presence. Their quiet time is a formality or habit. They do not spend the time with real joy in His presence. Many people are too full of fear to spend long hours in prayer.
Many years ago, two of us went out for open air preaching. We walked miles that day, to give the gospel from house to house and from street to street. In the evening both of us knelt down to pray before sleeping. I was on one side and other man on other side. It so happened that I was very tired that evening. I finished my prayer in a few minutes. I turned round and looked at the man on the other side. He was still on his knees. I said to myself, “What will that man think if I lie down?” So, again I began to pray. But I was very tired and sleepy and again I turned round after some time. He was still praying. The third time I looked and he got up. Then I felt happy. I could sleep now. That was compulsory prayer! There must be a longing and a joy to be in God’s presence.
Psalm 16:11 says, “in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. You will not get such joy anywhere else, not even in the company of your most beloved friends or relations. Have you learned the secret of enjoying yourself in the presence of God, and of feeling the sunshine of His face entering into your being, refreshing you and healing you and giving you peace? Just as the sunshine makes the trees to grow, and bring forth fruit, in the same way, you will find the sunshine of His face will make your joy multiply and bring forth fruit.