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Proverbs 4:18-19 (NIV) reads:
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.
If somebody were to ask you what it means to be righteous, how would you respond?
Some may respond by saying, “Well, it just means to be a good person. Opening the door for little old ladies, being a contributing member of society, and not doing anything really bad.” Others may take it up a notch, and point to other people. “Billy Graham was a righteous person. Mother Theresa was a righteous person. So I guess to be a righteous person means to live like they did.”
The Scriptures offer more clarity. For example, the Proverbs regularly speak about the difference between a righteous person, a foolish person, and a wicked or evil person. While the differences are many, Proverbs 4:18-19 shows us that the righteous person has a well-lit path before him.
READING & JOURNALING:
What do you think it is that makes the path of the righteous so bright?
How well are you currently able to see the next step on your path?
Heavenly Father, it is You and You alone that lights the path before me, and You and You alone have the ability make it shine brighter and brighter. Forgive me for the times I try to forge my own path, which regularly leads to darkness and despair. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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