Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Proverbs 4:10-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Admonition to Keep to the Right Path
10 Hear, my child, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;
turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Proverbs 4:18 is a beautiful poetic reminder of the power of consistently choosing the right path in life: “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” That sentence ought to be committed to memory. Consistently making decisions that are righteous, that enhance life, that make the world a better place for more and more people is like the day growing brighter and brighter. It is a beautiful image.
This section of the fourth chapter of Proverbs is set in the context of a parent instructing a child, reminding us of our responsibility as adults to model and to teach a way of living that makes the world a brighter place. What will you do today to brighten the life of another person?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster