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REFLECTION: The Shining Pathway

As seen in Proverbs 4:18…..

 

 

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:18

 

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Psalm 73:24

 

 

God’s people are described in Scripture as righteous, or “just”. We can only be declared righteous through believing in the Lord (Gen.15:6) and accepting what He has done for us. For those who have been declared “just” by Him, a “path” to tread has been marked out. According to Proverbs 4:18, that path is like “the shining light”. God Himself “is light” (1 Jn.1:5), and His light shines upon the pathway that He has revealed in His Word. That pathway is not simply to be observed. It is to be approached and entered, and progress should characterize the life of the child of God. How can we make headway along the course that He has marked? We need to be advancing in the things of God, but how can this be done?

 

Psalm 73:24 provides an answer to these questions. The words “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel” are significant. “Counsel” is available for the course that lies ahead. God wants His children to receive wisdom and direction from Him, and such “counsel” is never unavailable because the Lord is always with us. The previous verse declares, “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand” (Ps.73:23). In the difficulties and perplexities of life, we need to draw near to the Lord and ask Him to guide us in the decisions that we must make. With His guidance, it will be possible to make headway along “the path of the just” as He directs us according to the precepts of His Word.

 

In the New Testament, Paul spoke of leaving childhood behind and of becoming a man. Maturity is connected with seeing “face to face” and knowing more fully than we can know at the present time (1 Cor.13:11,12). What lies ahead of us? If we focus upon the horizon, what can we see? Proverbs 4:18 refers to “the perfect day” when there will be fulness of light. The darkness will then have passed, and the light will be shining without any hindrance. It may also cause us to think of a day that has no end. We are to tread the heavenly pathway looking ahead to the horizon and to the “perfect day” that is promised.

 

“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory” (Ps.73:24). Think of that! We are promised that God will guide us through life, and “afterward” receive us to glory. When our brief lives on earth are over, we have the prospect of entering a place of majesty and splendour.

 

What glories lie before the child of God! Those who belong to the Lord are destined to share in His eternal glory! Well may we give thanks to God the Father who has fitted us to share in His inheritance, by making us saints and bringing us into the light (Col.1:12). We are moving on towards these things, and we can look forward to the time when we shall be changed and receive the individual perfection promised in Holy Scripture to all who believe. (Such “perfection” is, of course, unattainable in our life on earth because of sin. Only the Lord can make us perfect, and that work is future.) He will change us in such a way that we will be equipped to live in the light of the “perfect day” that lies before us.

 

Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Psalm 73:24