Proverbs 4 12-4-18

We walk in the light, but it’s as if our eyes have scales. Jesus removes the scales one by one so that we see Him more clearly.

Proverbs 4:18-19 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. [19] But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT) Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.

Paul knew what it was like to have real scales on his eyes. It happened when He had his Damascus Road experience:

Acts 9:18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.

We know that the light of Christ is perfect and bright, which means that any obscurity comes from us. So, what obscures His light? Let’s look in Ephesians and see what Paul says:

Ephesians 5:11-14 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them [in and to yourself]. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible [and, therefore, can be dealt with], for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

How do we go about identifying the dark things–the scales–in our lives? We must first realize that we are children of light (v8) and that we are called to live as children of light “for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth (v9).” Then comes my favorite verse:

[10] and find out what pleases the Lord.”

If we spent even a portion of our day looking for what pleases Him, He would show us!

Let’s have the wherewithal to open God’s Word and ask our LORD to reveal Himself to us by shining His light on dark places in our lives. Do we really want to be like Him? Are we ready to allow Him to sanctify us and ready us for His use?

  1. What takes up most of our free time?
  2. What do we think about most?
  3. What can we hardly wait to get back to?
  4. How do we reward ourselves?
  5. Do the answers to the questions have any eternal significance: Are they making us more godly (good), more righteous, and stronger in the Truth of God’s Word?
  • If not, give it up, let it go, throw it down.

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