The Perfect Path
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. ~Proverbs 4:18
As I entered high school, the importance of making wise decisions and taking school very seriously became a main priority in my life. I sought out adults whom I considered to be wise, especially spiritual mentors who knew the Word of God. I asked them endless questions about how to make sure I would be on the right track to being successful. I remember those who were the most successful telling me, “Follow the path that I am laying out for you, and you will do well.” Solomon is telling us that God has a perfect path for those who trust and obey Him. This morning, let us see the perfect path.
The perfect path has a right start.
Solomon said, “The path of the just....” A just person is someone who is righteous. Of ourselves, we have no righteousness. Righteousness can only be attained through faith alone in the Lord Jesus as our Savior. Once a person has placed his unreserved faith in the shed blood, death, and resurrection of Christ, his path is now enlightened. Without this faith decision, one’s path is dark and filled with uncertainty.
The perfect path involves the right standard.
This standard is the Bible. Solomon told his son that he gave him good doctrine. God’s Word is good doctrine. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The psalmist prayed, “Order my steps in thy word.” We need the Word of God to guide us along the way. God’s Word will prevent us from making bad decisions. It will keep us within the necessary boundaries. It will give us a word of encouragement when we need it most. We must be careful that we do not trust in another standard that will lead us astray or affect us in an adverse way.
The perfect path involves the right steps.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” God said, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go.” We should determine to walk in the steps that God has ordered for us. The world will seek to direct our steps in a direction different from what God intends. Solomon said, “A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Our prayer should be that God would prevent us from missteps. We should pray that the Lord would “lead us not into temptation.” Let the Holy Spirit guide you one step at a time.
The perfect path leads to the right station.
Solomon said, “The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” What an encouragement! As we walk by faith, the path that we are on becomes clearer and more understandable. The perfect day speaks of when our last step in this life becomes our first step into eternity. He is saying what Paul said when he said, “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” The perfect path gets better the longer we stay on it.
Make it your desire to walk the perfect path. Be careful of detours, roadside bombs, and potholes in the road. Follow the light of God’s Word and marvel in how He leads us along the way. “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness; all I have to do is follow.”
Have an enlightened God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 12-15