Today’s bible study is Proverbs 4:18-19: The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
Proverbs offers some of the greatest wisdom in the Old Testament. Many of the proverbs are like capsules containing more wisdom that it would seem possible. They might even remind some of us a bit of haiku, in the sense that a very few words are used in a particular way to convey an idea of extensive magnitude.
Anyone who has ever watched a sunrise knows the glory that cannot be surpassed at any other time. Before the sun is seen, the sky begins to brighten, first just by a shade or two, and gradually to a golden halo of grandeur. As the sun begins to peek over the horizon, red gold fingers of flame often streak the early morning sky and fill the dawn with brilliant shades of rose and purple. When the sun is finally seen, it begins as a shining whisper and grown into a vastness of light, far brighter than any man-made light could ever be. The heavens are aglow with the brilliance that is the dawn and the promise of a new day.
When the full light of day comes, we are ready to go about our business and perform our duties of the day. We are ready to face whatever joys and obstacles the day brings with it, and we face each day with a sense of newness and new beginning. This can be compared to the dawning brightness of the light of God within us. It can give s a new beginning, a fresh start, enough light to see more clearly, and an opportunity to look down the oath we have chosen to travel.
The darkness can be frightening, both in reality and in the spirit. The reality of darkness is that we cannot see. We do not know what shares the darkness with us or what dangers might befall us when we are unable to see. We cannot see holes we may stumble in, rocks we might trip over or even cliffs we could fall off. Many children fear the darkness and sleep only with the comfort of a nightlight.
Some of us do not have a nightlight. When we are lost in the darkness, we are just plain lost. We have no idea where we are, what is around us or where we are going. We often plunge blindly forward, taking chances and risks that leave us even more lost that we already were. The darkness of the soul is much the same. When the light of our belief and love of Jesus is gone, we cannot see the love, the oneness, the good and the pure. We are lonely and frightened. We are unsure of what to do or where to turn.
But that light is just waiting for us to turn it on and allow it to shine and dispel the darkness of the spirit. That light is our faith in Jesus and our love of God. It is allowing the light of Christ to shine within us to warm us, through us to touch others and around us to embrace us and to guide us. Lighting is as easy as turning to God in prayer and asking to be brought out of the darkness into the light of love. May we embrace the dawn and the newness of each day, ever knowing that the spirit can also have a new dawn that will brighten even the darkest corners and lead us in the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ as we renew our oneness with God and with the Holy Spirit.
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