Proverbs 4 continues in verses 18-19:
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble. (NIV)
Here Solomon gives you a glimpse of how the straight path looks like. I look at these words with familiarity and relief, not because I am claiming myself as righteous, but because of the image that comes to mind.
Have you ever gone on a road trip that was an all nighter? This is where you have driven throughout the night to reach a destination hundreds of miles away. I have done that. When you are driving down roads in the dark where you can’t see too far ahead of you, where a deer could be in front of you before you knew it, where any rain diminished your visibility considerably.you long for the light of day to show you the road. As you are driving along, you begin to notice the dawn creeping up over the trees. The road gradually becomes lighter and reveals all before you. You breathe a sigh of relief that you’ve never breathed before. You can drive more confidently now.
When you are walking right with God, everything seems so much brighter. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have dark moments, but you can see everything so much clearer. But when you follow the path of sin you are walking in total darkness. You might think you can see in front of you, but you can’t. You bump into things. You stub your toe. You stumble. You have no idea what is in front of you at all.
Which path do you want to travel down? Do you want to see what’s before you? Or do you want to continue unsure of where you are and how you are getting hurt?