Proverbs 4:18 “The path of the just is as a shining light, that shines more and more even unto a perfect day.”
Solomon admonishes that we should walk in the way of the godly and not the ungodly. The “Path” is a trail, route, course, lane. The righteous are called to walk a specific path that leads to the Son, Jesus. It is the kind of path that one walks throughout their life. It is called the “path of righteousness.” Solomon draws the analogy of the progression of the sun in the day. The sun rises with its initial rays of light at dawn. As the sun rises in the sky, the light gives us increases of brightness, illuminating everything in the world until it reaches its pinnacle at the peak of the day. It is complete at each stage of rising until it comes to completion between 2-3 PM.
This analogy is given to us as the path and way of those who walk in the ways of God. The light represents God’s Word, Jesus Christ. The light is the truth. The light is a lamp. Jesus declared in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The brightness of the Father’s light can only be experienced through the Son Jesus. As the believer embraces every ray of light that is understood, the light becomes brighter as the Father gives more. The Father will not increase the light and understanding until the light provided is understood and received. The believer who draws near to God is at times in opposition from the world and indwelling of sin. There is a battle with the forces of darkness.
The scripture teaches us how to walk this path. The one who seeks God will know Him better and better; they will desire God’s wisdom and walk in it. There will be things the believer will not understand at first but which God will illuminate. There will be facets of the character revealed and admonished to overcome. There will be areas of darkness and murkiness – areas unrealized that were sinful. The light of God’s Word and wisdom will radiate the darkness as He convicts and delivers. Let us walk this peculiar path.
Let us embrace this shining light. Let grow in grace, love, and peace with God on this path. Let us allow Christ to mature us, perfect us, and hold us up in the immortal brightness of the Father.