A Bright Path {Encouragement for Young Men}

A Bright Path


“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” – Proverbs 4:18


This past weekend my family and I went camping with friends. One night I was walking back to our campsite, loaded down with my guitar and food for dinner, using my phone as a flashlight to watch out for cactus or stray rocks. As I made my way down the path, inky-darkness surrounded me and my little flashlight. I couldn’t see to the right, I couldn’t see to the left, and I couldn’t see more than five feet in front of me. And then it hit me: this path was like life! So often we’re walking the path of life; we don’t know what is in front of us, or what surrounds us. There are rocks and cactus and trees that we could step on or bump into. We don’t know what’s coming in the next year, or the next month, or even the next day (James 4:13-17 is a great passage about this)! However, what we do know is that God will illuminate each step we take, and tells us “I will keep you safe. Just trust me.” Through his Word, God reveals to us how he wants us to behave in life. When we act according to his commands, the burden we have of knowing what is coming down the road is taken off our shoulders. Just like my little flashlight showed me if there was anything to avoid stepping on in my path, we can know that God will light up our path in life, directing us where we should go with each step we take.

Where does your path seem dim?  
Are you willing to trust Him that He will make it clear in His time?  
Are you listening attentively enough to know?

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