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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom: The Choice Between Two Paths Prov 4:18-19

18) But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19) The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

INTRODUCTION:

As we have been seeing, throughout Proverbs (15+ times), Solomon pictures our lifestyle as the result of making a choice between two paths.  In this section of the book, Solomon summarizes this choice by presenting it in a very basic, easily understood comparison.

EXPOSITION:

18) But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19) The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Solomon helps us to understand the basic choice that dictates the lifestyle of every person on earth.  He pictures this choice as a two roads that can be traveled.  The first of these two roads he describes as the path of the “just”.  He compares this to the second path he designates as the way of the “wicked”.  Here is a brief comparison of these two paths…

Their titles:
1.  “The path of the just” relates to us a well-trodden road that can be cleared seen. This way is clearly described in His Word. This well-marked path is followed by those who are pleasing to God. They are His servants, who are in willing submission to His desires.

2.  “The way of the wicked” teaches us that this road is not as clearly marked, but can involve many assorted variations, all of which depart from the well-trodden path of the just.  Although this way is varied and not easily discerned, all the variations have in common the type of person who travels upon it and the destiny of its traveler. The traveler of the way of the wicked is one who has chosen to ignore the desires of the Lord, those who are guilty and condemned already.  Each of these varied paths lead to judgment and separation form Almighty God.

Their illumination:   
1.  “The path of the just” is a well-illuminated path, its twists and turns clearly being revealed in God’s Word.  The path becomes more brightly lighted as it progresses, as the Christian becomes more mature in the faith and gains a greater understanding of the Word of God.

2.  “The way of the wicked” is a way that is filled with darkness.  Due to their lost condition, these travelers suffer from a lack of understanding of God’s Word.  They are walking down a path of life unable to see the true nature of the way they are traveling, as well as the final destination to which this way leads.

The end result:
1.  “The path of the just”ends in increased light (truths of the Word) and entrance into a sinless eternity in the presence of God.  What a “perfect day” that will be!

2.  “The way of the wicked” can be described as continuing on in the state of spiritual blindness and the inability to discern one’s true spiritual condition.  This path eventually ends in eternal spiritual blindness and separation from the very presence of God in the Lake of Fire.

SUMMARY:

When we see the concise comparison that Solomon has laid before us, surely all of us would agree that choosing the path of the just is the best choice for anyone to make.  When we make the choice to follow this path by putting the Lord’s desires first for our life, it will make coming to faith in Christ our first priority.
If we seek to please God without exercising a genuine, God-given faith in Christ, we are being hypocritical, entirely missing His will for our lives and actually departing from the true path that the Lord has given us to travel.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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7 Comments

  1. terry1954 says:

    thank you so much for this

  2. Citizen Tom says:

    Great! I much enjoy your commentary on Proverbs. There is not enough said about the books of the Old Testament, but our falling away from God so similar to what befell the Jews when they chose to put all thought of the one true God out of their minds.

    Since Solomon first turned from his Creator and then repented, the knowledge of what he learned is much needed today.

  3. Debbie says:

    Pastor Rob, I was encouraged as you described the paths. The path of the just was well-trodden and illuminated .. even though sometimes described as ‘the narrow way’, it isn’t hidden. Thank you so much and God bless you as you keep bringing us these truths!

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Encouraging thought and a reminder of the contrast between walking and abiding in Him versus abiding in sin.

  5. Speaking of two paths reminds me of a wonderful picture my son did actually while in H.S. On it he depicted two paths …one which had a closed fist…indicating power, a dollar sign indicating love of money…I can’t remember all details but at the end was ‘hell’..and the other path led to the cross…memory fails me with all the details but I thought at the time for him to do that was great…Diane

  6. I once walked the path of darkness – and it was so dark and so miserable.
    I have walked the path of light for more than 50 years – and it is an incredible adventure with God’s abiding presence. Although there are still problems along the way, and although we sometimes tend to stray away from the marked course, we have all the help we need. We are empowered and enabled to fight and we are guaranteed victory.

    We are one day closer to the time we will be delivered from the very presence of sin and will walk in Light with NO distractions and NO inclination to stray.

    “Even so, come Lord Jesus”

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