Scripture:

Proverbs 4:18 – 19 But the path of the righteous is like the light of the 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.

Observation:

Here we are confronted with a fork in the road and a choice between following the path of the righteous or that of the wicked. The way of righteousness is represented by light which is obtained by gaining wisdom from God. As we travel along the path of the righteous we are like a dim or first light in the early part of day which shines brighter as we get farther down the path till full day/destination. In contrast, the path of the wicked leads away from the Father into deep darkness and separation. The wicked have turned from God, adopted evil ways and walk in such complete darkness that they can’t even recognize why they stumble.

Application:

Proverbs 4:7 says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” Proverbs 1:7 tells us, “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This tell me that it is imperative that I revere and respect the Lord. We must begin with an awe of the Lord that we never loose. I have a choice(s) to make daily: to follow the Lord or turn away from Him down a path of darkness and destruction. All true wisdom comes from God as he created everything through His wisdom. I must seek His wisdom through being in His word, prayer and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When we choose to follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our journey starts like the beginning of a new day when it is sometimes hard to see at dawn. As we travel along with Jesus our hope is to have increasing light until one day His full Glory will be revealed.

Prayer:

Father,
Thank you for your love and the wisdom you give us when we follow you. Let your Spirit guide me to stay on your path ever increasing my light and love for you to share with others to bring you the glory.