The Path that I Must Take…Now be for Me.
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
We talk a great deal about “the way” or “the path”, we as Christians, should walk in. It was placed there by God, for us, personally.
Yes, there are things every Christian must go through, and these we speak of as our way.
But, it is personal, because each of us deal with circumstances differently. We are all unique. And God wants us that way. Not in our sin…Christ came to save us from our sin. (Matthew 1:21). But as far as personality is concerned, God wants us to be us.
We believe our personalities are our souls (mind, heart, and will). They are what Christ died for…to save our souls; for He loved us in Eternity past and came to save us from what would have separated us from Him and His love–sin, our sin.
God, also, speaks a great deal of the path or way that we should walk in. And He says here in Proverbs that it should be like the “shining light”.
The sun rises in the east every morning…at first you don’t even see the sun, but light, though it is dim, is there.
Then the sun is there…a bright ball of light, sending color everywhere. Cheering, and vitalizing everything.
At first, the sun is still making shadows. The brightness of the sun you CAN walk in;
But you can also stand in the shade, which is darkened places.
In other words, “the path of the just” is progressive. At first there is the light without warmth. Then there is the sun and shadows…and this continues on till the high noon of our experience, which is where we are not letting anything hinder our communion with God.
We are dealing with any darkness in our life right away, so that nothing comes between us and the Lord.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
“Give me”. This is an act of our will.
“And let thine eyes observe my ways”. It says “let”; in other words, don’t do anything to stop this from happening. Once we decide to “be His”; then our eyes move to seek His way for us.
This path is the walk we take from here to Heaven.
And the way we go is the things we pass through to stay in His path for us.
As things come up, passing through(and that is the goal–to pass through, not stay in them) the testings , and the trials; two things will happen:
We will learn about ourselves, and we learn the sufficiency of our God, for us.
Doing this, we should come to our expected end:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
This “expected end” is to be what He has made us; by walking in the path, through those trials, and testings He will guide us in.
If we would have all that God wants us to have, at the end; then we must walk in all the experiences of our day to day walk.
In the Hebrew, “the expected end”, is full of hope.
The hope of the Godhead. A thing They desire to see brought to pass. This They long for; our expected end.
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Plainly God says here:
When our hearts are really in this search, we will find that which we seek.
Remember, give Me thine heart.
Our path is a progressive walk with God. In all our days, and nights; of sickness, joy, trials, and ordinary times; we should walk with Him.
When we do; we are “being” His. (And, in every way, He is being ours)