“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” – Proverbs 4:18-19
In life there are always and only two paths that one can choose to walk: The path of the righteous and the path of the wicked. These two paths describe a way of life, a constant lifestyle. The path of the righteous is the path of the believer. It is the path that follows Christ as the only way, the only truth, and the only life (John 14:6). Solomon describes this path like a magnificent morning sunrise. When a person is first saved, it is like the first sunbeams of light have pierced the morning sky. As they walk in holiness, walk in truth, and grow more and more into the image of Christ, the sun (and “Son”) begins to rise and eventually floods their lives with the brightest of lights. Their path is lit by the light of God’s Word and the glory of Jesus Christ. This is a light that will be bright on earth, but will not reach its full brightness until the saint is with Christ in glory!
In stark contrast, the path of the wicked is blackened darkness. It is a way that is overcrowded with the lusts of the eyes, the lusts of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). In this sin the wicked stumble and fall. They are constantly consumed and destroyed by their own way of life. Compared to the light this path of darkness consumes those who walk it. It surrounds them, envelops them, and is enclosed around them in such a way that they are suffocated and killed in its grasp. It is a darkness that leads to destruction, death, and damnation in hell. Do not be one who walks the path of darkness, but be one who walks in the light (Eph. 5:1-14). Always remember that there are two paths to walk in this life: The path of light that leads to life, or the path of darkness that leads to death. Which one do you walk?