PROVERBS 4:18-19: “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Do I have clear direction for my life? Am I walking in a growing confidence that I am in the will of God, or are am I stumbling around constantly trying to find my way? To be brutally honest, there have been times when my life looked more like one who was navigating through the seas of life without a map and without a purpose. This is not the way the Lord wants us to live!
These verses in Proverbs give us both a proclamation and a promise. The path (life) of the righteous is to be like the light of dawn which shines brighter and brighter until full day. This means that we are to called to walk in continued revelation of God’s will and purpose for our lives. The way of the wicked is sharply contrasted to this. It is not only deep darkness, but it is filled with continual potholes and obstacles. To make matters worse, the one who walks in darkness cannot even discern the reason he is stumbling.
This promise is easily misunderstood. Many think that the Lord is promising the righteous (defined in the book of Proverbs as the one who fears the Lord) a life free of difficulty and struggle. The path of life is never drawn with a straight line. We do not simply go from point A to point B without any challenges, without any obstacles. Life can be more likened to climbing up the side of a steep rocky cliff. It is both a challenge and a struggle. It requires the proper path, the right footholds, and strength.
This is what the Lord promises to those who fear Him, to those who daily walk in His Word, abide in prayer, and live a life of worship. He promises to illuminate their path, to show them the proper foothold, to give them renewed strength. This will continue in life, and the one who fears the Lord will grow in wisdom and understanding as he continues to walk in the light. When he faces a seemingly unsurmountable obstacle he does not plunge ahead in the darkness. Rather, he looks to the Word of God, which lightens his path, and the Lord reveals the path he is to take. This is why abiding in God’s Word, prayer, and worship are so important. We don’t know the path that we will face today. Yet, we can be assured of His Light and Love to lead the way!
The times that I have stumbled have been the times when I have pushed ahead of God’s timing, or I have proceeded without seeking the Lord. He allowed me to stumble so that I would look once again to Him. This morning I am reminded that I need His light to shine daily upon my life. I desire it to shine brighter and brighter until the full day – until the day that I can say…
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV)
In Jesus Name!