Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
God will light your path and the light shines on those who wait with hope on God.
But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Proverbs 4:18-19, NKJV)
The path of the just. The just are those who have been declared righteous (being justified by the penalty for sin being paid) by the blood of Jesus Christ to those who believe (Romans 3:21-26 and Romans 4-10). The shining light makes the path bright and clear. We are called to pursue righteousness (Matthew 5:6 and Matthew 6:33). Righteousness is needed to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10). We need to make the choice to become righteous through faith. If we are in the position of having righteousness this passage tells us that our path is illuminated so we can see and proceed to walk down that path God has intended for us who believe (1 Corinthians 1:30 and Ephesians 4:24). The man who waits on God is righteous for he does not have faith in self (the law breaker), rather he believes on Jesus Christ (the one Who justifies through paying the price) the only means by which we come to the Father (John 14:6; John 6:37, 44).
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. This describes the act of sanctification in our lives (1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 13:12; and 1 Peter 1:2). This act of sanctification is a long period of time in which God develops the character we need to inherit the kingdom of heaven (Ephesians 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; and 1 Peter 3:15). This is Jesus’ prayer for us who believe (John 17:17-19). As the day moves from the horizon to high noon the believer moves from a work in progress to a completed masterpiece of the Creator. Just (righteous) people daily grow in knowledge of God’s will, and grace to walk in His will, until perfected on that day. Let us continue along the path of sanctification growing in the Lord day by day as we wait upon Him to bring us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The way of the wicked is like darkness. This is the path of those who do not believe in Christ and have not been declared righteous through repentance (Luke 13:3-5) against the will of God (2 Peter 3:9). This path is dark and those on it will be lost and will fall into a deep pit at the end of the age (Revelation 20:15; John 11:10; John 12:35; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew 5:29-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:10). The lost cannot see because of their own view of the gospel message as foolishness and lack of understanding (1 Corinthians 1:18 and 2 Peter 2:12).
The Word of God is essential to those who want to do the will of the Lord and this particular blog entry discusses that through being just (declared righteous) the light will shine on your path. Take time to read the following passages from this post and prayerfully meditate upon the asking God how to apply them to your life:
Matthew 5:6, Matthew 5:10, Matthew 5:29-30, Matthew 6:33, Luke 13:3-5, John 6:37 and 44, John 11:10, John 12:35, John 14:6, John 17:17-19, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 4-10, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Ephesians 4:24, Ephesians 5:2, 1Thessalonians 4:3-4, 1Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 13:12, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 Peter 3:15, 2 Peter 2:12, 2 Peter 3:9, and Revelation 20:15