Monday, August 12, 2013

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 4:18-19

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom: The Choice Between Two Paths Prov 4:18-19
18) But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19) The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Throughout Proverbs (15+ times), Solomon pictures our lifestyle as the result of making a choice between two paths.  In this section of the book, Solomon summaries this choice by presenting it in a very basic, easily understood comparison.

18) But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19) The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Solomon helps us to understand that the basic choice that dictates the lifestyle of every person on earth.  He pictures this choice as a two roads that can be traveled.  The first of these two roads he describes as the path of the “just”.  He compares this to the second path he designates the way of the “wicked”.  Here is a brief comparison of these two paths…

Their titles:
1.  “The path of the just” relates to us a well-trodden road that can be cleared seen. This way is clearly described in His Word. This well-marked path is followed by those who are pleasing to God. They are His servants, who are in willing submission to His desires. 
2.  “The way of the wicked” teaches us that this road is not as clearly marked, but can involve many assorted variations, all of which depart from the well-trodden path of the just.  Although this way is varied and not easily discerned, they share in common the type of person who travels upon them and their destiny. The traveler of the way of the wiced is one who has chosen to ignore the desires of the Lord, those who are guilty and condemned already.  Each of these varied paths lead to judgment and separation form Almighty God.

Their illumination:   
1.  “The path of the just” is a well-illuminated path, its twists and turns clearly being revealed in God’s Word.  The path becomes more brightly lighted as it progresses, as the Christian becomes more mature in the faith and gains a greater understanding of the Word of God.
2.  “The way of the wicked” is a way that is filled with darkness.  Due to their lost condition, these travelers suffer from a lack of understanding of God’s Word.  They are walking down a path of life unable to see the true nature of the way they are traveling, as well as the final destination to which this way leads.

The end result:
1.  “The path of the just” ends in increased light (truths of the Word) and entrance into a sinless eternity in the presence of God.  What a “perfect day” that will be! 
2.  “The way of the wicked” can be described as continuing on in the state of spiritual blindness and the inability to discern one’s true spiritual condition.  This path eventually ends in eternal spiritual blindness and separation from the very presence of God in the Lake of Fire. 

When we see the concise comparison that Solomon has laid before us, surely all of us would agree that choosing the path of the just is the best choice for anyone to make.  When we make the choice to follow this path by putting the Lord’s desires first for our life, it will make coming to faith in Christ our first priority.  If we seek to please God without exercising faith a genuine, God-given faith in Christ, we are being hypocritical, entirely missing His will for our lives and actually departing from the true path that the Lord has given us to travel.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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