Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. 19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
The Light of Dawn
Have you ever sat in the countryside and watched the sun come up? No city scene. No lights, no tall buildings, few to no people. Just you, nature, day break and God? As you sip quietly on your coffee and gaze at the sky, you see beautiful pinks and oranges and blues. A masterpiece designed by the most talented artist that ever was...or is...or is to come. God himself has painted that sunrise. Keep looking. You see the sun come up. You can watch it for a moment. The sun gets bigger and brighter and warmer. It gets so bright that your eyes turn from it and start looking to all the things that the light is exposing that you couldn’t see in the dark. The snow capped mountains. The trees and streams. Beautiful hillside and maybe some wild life. All as beautiful as the sunrise you just watched. The light has shown truth and beauty.
Now, picture the evening in the same setting. No city lights, no cars; just you. This too has Gods beauty all over it with the moon and the stars and the sounds.
But, what happens when the fire is put out in the late hours of the night? You have put the fire out but forgotten your lamp in the tent some distance away from you. If you didn’t take advantage of the light while you had it and surveyed your surroundings, then you don’t know what’s between the fire and your tent. It is now pitch black and you try to make your way back. You take small shuffled steps to get to your tent. You bump your hip into something. “Oh, ok; that was the pick nick table.” You roll your ankle on something. “Ouch, that hurt." It was a branch from a close tree. A few more steps. Your foot catches something soft and warm and you tumble to the ground. “What was that?” You hear a small critter chatter and scurry into the bushes. Who knows what you just tripped over.
John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Again and again this verse is brought to my attention. Jesus is the light. He walked the path we were meant to and is a light for us to follow. With him, we know what twigs and benches and critters stand in our way. We know what sin looks like and how to fight it. We know what truth is because he has shown us and even in our dark times, when sin seems to be in our face; even then we have been shown truth and can focus. An illustration I like to use is this.
We are setting in a room as a group. I have the lights turned out and tell the group one little true detail: I am holding a marker. Now, they are free to say anything they want about what color they think the marker is. This is us before Jesus. We know slivers of truth but most are just lies we make up about him ourselves.
Back to the lesson, I turn the lights on. The group can see that the marker in my hand is (let’s say) black. Now we know the truth.
This is us after a relationship with Jesus. We know the truth about the markers color. Not some of that truth but all of it. But we’re not done with the lesson yet. Turn the light back off. What color is the marker? It’s black. We know this because we saw the truth with the light on and even in a dark time, we know what we were shown.
This is us with a dependent relationship with Jesus. He has taught us truth and in our times of desperation and spiritual war, we can rely on the things he has shown us.
Verse 18 says the way of the righteous is as a rising sun that gets brighter and brighter till full day. Jesus will show us more and more as we grow in him and one we will see him and all His glory. But! Unlike the sun that sets and gets darker, our God never will.