Dark and light are issues of the heart. Everything flows from the heart and we need to guard that thing as if our lives depend on it – because they do. Trouble is, when the lights are off, we don’t even get to see what’s tripping us. Like the cat crap I stepped in barefoot.
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
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.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
The contrast of the righteous and the wicked is profound here. One shines ever brighter and one is so in the dark he doesn’t even know what makes him stumble. I love walking around in my house in the dark. I know my way around, and as long as no one puts anything where it shouldn’t be, I’m good to go.
I’ve also stepped in cat crap with bare feet, miscounted the number of stairs down to the main floor, and bruised my shin on a heavy box I left in my path.
You can know your way around in the dark, yet it’s not fool-proof. Not even close.
Solomon’s advice for us is listen to his words. Crave the wisdom he offers and don’t let it out of your sight. Which means keep the lights on. Stay out of the darkness. This stuff, he says, is life to those who find it and health to one’s body. In fact, you won’t have cat crap in between your toes and bruises on your shins if you heed Solomon’s words.
And here’s the central issue – dark and light are issues of the heart. Everything flows from the heart and we need to guard that thing as if our lives depended on it – because they do.
From a dark heart flows perversity, corrupt talk, wandering eyes, careless steps, and going our own way (vs. 24-27). Don’t go there. No need to. Keep the lights on. Keep thinking and walking in the light because Jesus came to shine that light for us. Here’s what Jesus said on the subject in John 3:
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Word… Stay in the light.