Several years ago, on New Year’s Day, the Lord emphasised the following Proverb deep into my heart.
“But the path of the just (righteous) is like the shining sun (light of dawn),
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day (full day).”
Prov 4:18 NKJV (with NASB)
It was during a time when I was struggling with depression and this Proverb lifted my perspective somewhat. The day was sunny, and I went for a walk, meditating on the proverb, as I went. It was like good medicine to my soul.
I still often think on this small proverb and am encouraged by it.
If you read it in its Bible context you will notice that it stands as a little beacon of light in amongst many verses pertaining to the wicked. For instance the preceding verses say:-
“Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil.
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on.
For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.” Prov 4:14-18
Having awoken on this New Year’s Day to the sounds of someone’s foolishness in drinking too much wine during their night-time revelries – so much that he was sick! I remembered such folly in my own youth (pre-Christian days) and am once again pondering the path’s we each choose in life.
Back to more pleasant thoughts. I wrote the following entry in my journal in the year that the Lord emphasised this passage to me.
“ I was lifted in my perspective on my future – being one of continuing persecutions, no doubt, but with the Lord’s presence, my life can shine ever brighter for Him; until the Day that I meet Him in heaven.
We may be surrounded in life by wickedness, but we can still shine as lights of holiness in this darkening world. My life has hope. God is still good. He is faithful and true and holy, and will help me to be likewise, as the days progress.”
This morning I read Psalm 1, which also contrasts the way of the righteous with the ungodly.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Side Note:- The word “meditates” is the Hebrew word, “yeh·geh” which is derived from the word “hagah.” According to Strong’s (number 1897), the meaning is, “to murmur – by implication, to ponder, meditate, mutter, speak, study, talk, utter”.
I trust that all that follow the Lord Jesus Christ into this year 2020, will keep on meditating upon the word of God, both day and night. May you bear good fruit in season, as the Lord lights your path – though trials and tribulations may come your way.
May your “path shine ever brighter unto the perfect day,” when the Lord either returns or awakens you in His perfect, eternal Heavenly Kingdom.
Amen and blessings,
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