Wednesday, 3/27/19 – Pressing on…

sunset men sunrise jogging

Some mornings when the sun rose late it would be very dark indeed as I’d head out on that morning run. The trail was rugged then and I’d wear a small headlamp strapped to my forehead lest I tripped on some deeply dirt-embedded rock. When the sun finally did crack the horizon the lamp became unnecessary. The one true light from the same sun that warmed the first humans now safely lit my way ahead.

The past couple of blogs we’ve been considering the passage

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Prov. 4:18)

woman stands on mountain over field under cloudy sky at sunrise

This idea of God as light runs all through scripture. Hosea urges, “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear” (Hos. 6:3). Nearing the end of his life God spoke to King David, saying, “When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.” (2 Sam. 23:4).

The prophet Zechariah spoke of a future ‘unique day’ on which “there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.” (Zech. 14:6, 7).

person holding bible with cross

Jesus said “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). He also told His followers “You are the light of the world“ (Matt. 5:14). How can both these statements be? Paul explains “As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18).

And to John the exalted Christ revealed of the heavenly Jerusalem, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp” (Rev. 21:23), and “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light…” (Rev 22:4, 5).

No more headlamps, instead the Name of Christ… no more night, but as Peter rejoiced, “Glory belongs to him both now and on that eternal day! Amen.” (2 Pet. 3:18).

All we must do is keep to that path, avoiding all others — for there is another…

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Prov. 4:18)

“But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.” (Prov. 4:19)

Choose your path wisely.*

Press on…

*[See also: Matt. 7:13, 14]

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