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First Light

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter until the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4: 18 NIV)

Sometimes I run early in the morning. The stars and bunny rabbits are out. Most of the neighborhood is not. Silence blankets the subdivision and I have the world to myself. My feet pound the sidewalk, dodging sprinklers, and my eyes scan for the moon, the constellations, and the ever-present airplanes. I love watching the sky shift from pitch black to a myriad of colors. It never gets old.

Solomon likens the path of the righteous to the sunrise. As I ponder his words, I wonder:

Does he mean the way is dark, initially, but growth enlightens the path?

Is he saying, with growth, the differences between the things of God and the things of darkness become crystal clear?

Is he referring to a change from head knowledge to heart knowledge?

One thing I do know. When I start the day with Jesus, choosing His agenda over mine, the way becomes clear. The colors of His companionship light the sky as we walk the day’s path together.

Describe the best sunrise you’ve ever seen.

When you began your relationship with Christ, was the path clear?

When does the path get lost, and the lines between right and wrong get fuzzy?

How do you know what to do?

Has the path of righteousness changed for you?

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