The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.” Proverbs 4:18 GNT
Is the popular idiom, “It’s always darkest before the dawn” true? Defined by Webster, “dawn” is a noun exemplifying the break of day and the first appearance of light in the morning. The word may also express the whole time from the first appearance of light to sunrise. Whereas, darkness from the root word “dark” in the same context is the absence of light. In our culture darkness is our normal time of rest from work, mainly because before electricity it was hard to see, making work impossible. So the dawn, the glimmer of hope, was the first sign that work could and would soon begin due to the light it presented.
Proverbially, we as a society are in the dark hours, before the dawn of hope rises and shines bright normalcy onto our days again. We await a break in the dark, a light signaling for work to commence. These are all the things we hope for instead of this corona pandemic (COVID-19). And because the idiom is true, when we can least find our way and can’t see any further than our nose, the light will come. It always does.
Light travelers know this well. For they are righteous. They are those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and they know this darkest moment is not a time to be anxious and overtaken with fear but a time to press in to whatever calms your soul (for me it’s to meditate on truths found in tested and timeless promises in the Bible). It is also a time to keep believing for the best, and to keep moving toward whatever you are purposed to do in this life. Why? Because “The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.” Proverbs 4:18 GNT.
And it will get brighter, and daylight will come, if, you keep traveling the righteous road to:
Keep your soul untainted and your love language pure.
Keep your mind on Jesus and His finished works, and
Keep your heart open to hear the next steps.
He is calling you and me to do new things in the darkness and none of His instructions command us to quit.
We all have to stop and rest, stop and sing a song, stop and hug ourselves if no one else is at home, but then we have to keep moving on.
We must keep traveling on the road toward the light of our unseen destiny knowing the more normal and on task we are, the closer we are to our Creator because we have stopped fretting, overthinking, and worrying and have built up the courage to place our cares in God’s capable hands.
That’s the faith that overcomes our fears. So be encouraged with LOVE and keep moving. Daylight will come.
It will. Really,
- Read the NASB versions of John 12: 35-36 and 1 John 4:18
- Sing Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers Never Seen the Righteous