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Proverbs 4:18,19, But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
The father contrasts the path of the wicked to the path upon which he desires his son to travel; the path of the just.
The contrast is one of light. Upon which path is light?
Which path is presented as a path upon which the son can safely travel?
It is the path of the just for upon this path is a shining light, but not only a shining light, but a light that shines more and more the further one travels upon the path.
As long as one travels on the path it is a path of increasing understanding in the things of God.
It is a path of increasing knowledge.
And that understanding and knowledge all head toward the perfect day.
Every son of God enters that path with small light but the promise is that the light is always there and will increase as the path is faithfully traveled.
Perhaps the light is faint at the entrance but it widens and advances in brightness until it reaches the perfect day.
See how God has given us the natural to teach the spiritual.
Examine the early light of dawn to see the picture that this father displays to his son.
The early light of dawn until the sun is high in the heavens, from a glimpse of light at dawn to blazing intense light at noon.
See the ever increasing light until the perfection of the day and that is the picture of the salvation and the sanctification of each child of God.
That is the path upon which this father intends for his son.
The ever increasing illumination of the light of the word of God of those who walk the path of the just.
Paul said it this way in: Philippians 1:6, Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Each person born into the family of God begins the journey on the path of the just and is hereby promised that God will perform a work continually upon that son until the day of Jesus Christ, the perfect day.
The promise that God has made to his children is this.
His children will increase in knowledge, and understanding in this world and are perfected in death and the resurrection unto the perfect light of Jesus Christ.
That is the promise to those who enter the path of the just, but what becomes of the wicked who refuse the light.
Those who refuse the light choose to continue in the only option left, that of darkness.
Darkness is my point of view, my right to myself; light is Godís point of view.
Oswald Chambers (1874Ė1917)
For God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
NO DARKNESS AT ALL! Either light or darkness, no other choices.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
God has not built fences upon which to sit.
No fence straddlers, either light or darkness! Either fish or cut bait.
NO DECISION is the fatal decision for: The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
The way of the wicked is darkness all of their life.
Who are the wicked?
All those who are not of the light.
All those who are not on the path of the just.
The moral, the self righteous, the upstanding citizen who depends only on himself, the honest man or woman, the depraved of this world, the drunkard, the liar, the thief, the murderer, but also the do-gooder who thinks he does good without the God who is good.
Oh, how many try to walk without God but they are simply trying to walk in darkness.
The wicked are blind for they walk in darkness, they know not at what they stumble.
They know not why they hurt, why they are wounded, why they fall along the path of darkness.
But in spite of their hurt and their wounds they continue on the same path of darkness and again fall and hurt again and again for there is no remedy apart from the light.
As Proverbs 16:18, tells us, Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Those that are proud walk in darkness and have no desire to know light and even in the face of certain destruction, even in the face of certain fall will not desire the light of deliverance.
What do those in darkness say to the mountains and the rocks as great tribulation comes upon them?
Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Those who walk in darkness see no light and cannot conclude that any are able to stand.
Can you explain sight to a blind man.
So they call upon the rocks to keep them from the light for their deeds are evil and light always reveals evil.
Donít save us and give us light for we love darkness for our deeds are evil, they cry.
The Apostle John in John 3:19,20, wrote, And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
They will not come to the light even to the point of calling upon rocks to crush them and hide them from the light.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
But this father insures the his son is equipped with the knowledge of where the path of light leads and the doom of the path of darkness.