Friday, January 3, 2014
Proverbs 4 "A Brighter Light"
"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day." Pr.4:18
Maybe this morning you watched the sun rise. First there was a small hue of pink. As time wore on the sky became brighter & brighter until finally the sun itself peeped over the horizon giving a grand display of light.
When we first come to love Jesus & the path of righteousness, we have and hold on to a small flicker of hope. As we hold on to and cultivate this small flicker of hope & light, we notice it becomes brighter, growing bigger, stronger and spreading into more areas of our lives. This light penetrates all corners of our hearts and scatters sin and darkness. We become stronger in our faith, more sure of our hope, more reliant on our Maker.
Just like rays from the sun becoming brighter & brighter, so are we as we continue to cultivate this hope. Our light for Jesus becomes brighter & brighter, until one day in glory we have a great blazing crescendo of light bursting into the gates of heaven. (I say burst, because I don't plan to make my entrance with hesitation & timidity!) Oh, what a glorious display of unending, everlasting beauty and perfection!
In today's reading, verses 20-27, encourage us to pay attention to God's words, hide them in well guarded hearts, speak purely and in truth, to stay encouraged and keep looking ahead, to watch how we walk and to not stray to evil ways.
Stay focused! Stay true! Eyes on Jesus to keep your perspective right! Don't let your light grow dim! He deserves a great display.
"Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life." Pr.4:13
Instruction obeyed, the flicker of hope & faith held on to,
is to be your very life.
Hold on to it.