When I first read these words; …
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
I didn’t quite understand it then. I just took it literally. And saw it as you know, a prayer point, or as a scripture that I can quote to give me some sense of assurance or hope whenever I’m faced with certain issues.
Then, I met an old friend whose slogan is ” it can only get better” which he coined from the same scripture. It incited deeper thoughts about that bible verse in me.
That his coinage of the verse quickly became a favourite of mine, I almost adopted it. But i didn’t want to be a copy cat, so I let that urge to adopt it slide…
However, a turning point in the way I now see this verse came when I read it in another version..
It was an ‘aha’ moment for me!
My eyes lit up! And even as I’m typing now, I can feel my heart beating fast with excitement!
It became really clear to me what that scripture is saying..it was like i saw into the letters..like some kind of dissection happened on the surgical table of words and I could truly see what it means..
Here is the verse of the scripture explained in another version of the Holy bible;
But the path of righteous people is like the light of dawn that becomes brighter and brighter until it reaches midday.
Proverbs 4:18 GW
Now, check this out!
The sun rising from Dawn to noon in the pictures below, Gives a clear view of what the scripture above is saying.
You maybe wondering…Am I even righteous? What does that even mean? Its appears too much of a standard to meet.
If these are your thoughts, let me break it to you..the standard of God In being righteous are in fact quite high to meet!
But the Good news is this..Are you READY for this….Drum roll pleeeaassee……..
God knows we can’t measure up to his righteous standard!
By the way, being righteous means having a Right standing with God..
So, he decided in his kindness and immense love for us to gift us with His righteousness as seen in this scripture;
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Romans 3:22-24 NLT
The more we walk with God, the more we become like him..that how our light keeps getting brighter and brighter!
Our lives as children of God will keep growing and radiating his light and Glory in every aspect as we walk closer with God!
Are you as excited as I am?!
I certainly hope you are..!
This next scripture is in contrast to the previous one. It says;
The way of wicked people is like deep darkness. They do not know what makes them stumble.
Proverbs 4:19 GW
Those who are wicked, who despise God and have no love or regard for their fellow humans have a confused life style. They walk In the path of error, misery and sadness!
I’d like to think no one really wants to find themselves in the Dark all the time, we mostly want to be in the light. To have some clarity in the way we navigate through the journey of our lives .
We sure hope to have some sense of direction especially when we have to make important decisions in our lives.
Having a genuine relationship with God affords us the privilege of having God at our side, guiding us through life, taking us by the hand and leading us through the darkest and dreariest times of our lives.
Much like the gradual process it takes the sun to come from rising at dawn to a full daylight at noon
God takes us through the process of becoming full daylight… We just need to trust him as he leads us.
With God at our side;
1) it can only get better in the way we live our lives for him,
2) it can only get better in the way our relationships go with our spouses, kids, friends and others around us
3) Of course its not going to be rosy all the time, but we are rest assured that everything we will go through will be for our good as seen in the scripture below
We know that God works to help those people who love him. He uses everything that happens to them to bring something good. He does this for those people that he has chosen to serve him.
Romans 8:28 EASY
In a nutshell, once you believe in Jesus Christ..being righteous is no longer something you should be worrying about, because God has given you the gift of righteousness! He has imputed it on you! Hallelujah! Wow! Such an exciting news right?!
Since, you are now righteous, your path, your lifestyle is the like the morning sun that keeps glowing and growing brighter and fuller until noon!
Your life is more meaningful in Christ Jesus! The sun doesn’t struggle to shine, with the process of time it gets to its full potential! And so will you! You too will reach your full potential in God within the process of time God has laid out for your life! Trust him through this process!