Proverbs 6:23 – For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.
In this section of Proverbs 6, the Father is issuing a warning to the son about the dangers of adultery. The father tells the son to keep the commandments and here we see in verse 23 that the commandments represent a lamp which brings light in darkness. The teaching is light and rebuke brings corrective discipline to those who God loves. The discipline of turning back onto the path of following Jesus is one of life versus a path leading to death.
The truth in Proverbs 6:23 regarding the warnings against sexual promiscuity are equally applicable in today’s culture but the verse also reminds me just to follow God’s word in all situations I encounter. God’s word is a lamp that is going to lead closer to him so I have to be in the word to know it and have the Spirit guide me. The teaching of Jesus is light and the way of the world is darkness. You are either in the Word or the world. I see this as analogous to being on a path and coming to a fork where one path is lit a little way so you can see your first steps, maybe not all the way down the path bit you know you’re heading towards the light. The other path is dark and don’t know where you are heading except blindly into destruction. I need to be strong in my faith for myself and take council of other believers and be prepared to share any reproof in love with a brother who is wandering as life is the consequence.
Thank you for the truth and light in Jesus. Let the Spirit guide me to trust you completely, follow you faithfully and live to make your glory known.