October 14, 2007
ILLUS: How many of us in our lives have walked down an old country road early in the morning? My wife's father owned 180 acres of land in North Carolina, on which he raised 12 children.
I used to love to visit the old home place. From the main paved highway to the farm was about 2 miles over a dirt road. I've walked that road before--early in the morning when the sun was first coming up. You could hear the field dove cooing. You could see the mist coming up from the pond. There were blackberries on either side of the road, and depending on the time of the year, you could look out over the fields and see the tall, green stalks of corn. The whole experience was breathtaking.
Now picture yourself on a path--a path much more beautiful than words can describe. You are walking on this path--everything you experience is beyond description. The sounds and the sights overwhelm you, as you travel along. And the thing that captivates you the most is the light--such beautiful light. And the closer you walk toward the light, the brighter it becomes.
INTRODUCTION: In this passage, Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, contrasts the way of the wicked, who stumbles in the dark (vs.19), with the path of the just, who walks in the light. The path of the just is illuminated, there is a shining light, while the path of the wicked is dark. Jesus said in John 11:10, "But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him."
This morning, I want us to focus primarily on the path of the just, and make a few observations.
I. THIS PATH IS FOR EXCLUSIVE USE
Again, Proverbs refers to this path as "...the path of the just." So, then, not just anyone can travel this road. You have to be a special person in order to walk on this path. You have to be a Christian--a child of God.
ILLUS: Every day, when I head for the office, I drive through the countryside. It takes m ...
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