You Shall Be Radiant

Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
— Isaiah 60:5 NKJV

The glory of the Father is not stagnant. It is a weight of immeasurable magnitude. The Father is our model. The world has its own way of doing things that attracts mankind, but in the end, it just fades away. No matter how much advancement we achieve in the world, we are always limited, and thus are always coveting more. But when we rest in the Father, He sustains us, and we find deep, resolute satisfaction in being in Him. Satisfaction produces contentment, which in turn leads to patience. Patience helps us slow down long enough to realize that the Father is molding our capacity to recognize the external manifestation of His glory and how to steward it.

As the light of the Father becomes more evident in our lives, it becomes more attractive to other people. It awakens in us the beauty of who the Father created us to be. To be radiant is to give off beams of light. This comes in the expression of our countenance. We light up with joy, love, and confidence. This becomes a magnet to people who have not yet awakened to the light of the Father. They have no idea who He is. But our walk and relationship with Him causes His light to shine in our lives as well as illuminate areas of darkness within others.

The radiance of the Father’s glory in our lives imparts supernatural strength to us. It is always humbling to realize that when we live apart from the Father we become slaves to the ways of man. Man strives ceaselessly to make a living. He is trapped in a system of labor and drudgery. He works by the sweat of his brow and is completely out of rest. We see this around us every day. Sadly, there are many believers who love God but have never transitioned from a slave mindset into a son mindset. Don’t get me wrong, there’s always going to be work to do. But work should never become an end in itself. Work is meant to serve us; to help fulfill the Father’s purpose in our lives.

The more we understand our position as sons, the more we realize that everything in the environment is meant to serve us. We don’t enslave to the things around us; neither do we hold any person bound. But as the glory of the Father emanates from our lives, the world will serve us. They will bring their wealth to us; things they have acquired but now realize that “true light” is reflected in the sons of God. This wealth comes to us not so we can build empires, but that we should know how to steward what the Father requires. Another word for wealth here is abundance. They will come with their treasures to serve the purpose of the Father.