Deeper Day 191: 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. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19

When we chose what path to take in life, we should ask these questions…Does my path feel full of light? Is it clear and does it have the feeling of fullness and hope? Or does it seem heavy? Is the path covered in fear, anger, bitterness and resentment?

These may seem like overly obvious and basic questions but honestly, we must make ourselves think these things through regularly. Before embarking on a new part of your journey through life, ask yourself what is motivating your steps.

We are all motivated by something. It’s so important to know what it is.

This is a great time to pause and reflect. Look at the last 5 years of your life and ask yourself, “How did I get where I am today?” Have I been walking out purpose or wounding? Ouch, that question can hurt, but it is so necessary.

Today, I encourage you to take a really honest assessment of what motivates your steps.

If you realize that negative things have predominantly guided you, then I encourage you to take a minute and repent to God and ask Him to reset your leading. Ask Him to heal the broken parts of your heart so you can begin again. It’s not too late.

If you realize that you have been moving in the tempo of the Holy Spirit, then I encourage you to thank God for leading you and commit to continue walking out trust with Him. It’s good when we realize we’ve been on the righteous path, but we must never become complacent lest we fall away from it.

Prayer Moment: God, wrap me is such thick light that I am unable to fall into the path that leads to destruction. Guide my every step and help me to continue to partner with Hope. You are Hope. Help me to not be drawn into the hopelessness of the world. Fill me with joy. God, my joy has been low lately. Refill my heart with the joy of my salvation. Help me to always be aware of my heart and help me to tend to it so that I can walk the way I know You desire me to walk. Full of joy. Bursting with hope. A beacon of light to this dark world. I am Yours. In Jesus name, Amen.

O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in- behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Psalm 139:1-5