January 16, 2024

Shawn Stoever
"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."
Proverbs 4:18-19

I enjoy sitting in deer stands – they are quiet places usually tucked in the woods. I am actually not that interested in shooting a deer, but I really enjoy the solitude of the deer stand. As the sun begins to rise in the morning, you can start to make sense of the vague shapes and images in the distance. Once the sun is fully up, you can clearly see the beauty of nature (and hopefully some animals).

Walking in the way of righteousness is like the morning sun. The more you walk in it, the better you can see and the easier it is to stay on the path. In contrast, the way of the wicked is described as deep darkness. The imagery in this proverb depicts a person stumbling and tripping in the darkness because they are pursuing wickedness.

The choice is clear, and it is a choice. Pursue righteousness and reap the benefits of the light or pursue wickedness and wander aimlessly in the darkness. Which path will you choose today?