Have you ever stubbed your toe or stepped on something in the dark?


Proverbs 4:18-19. 18But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. 19The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

A very important part of growing up is understanding more and more why you do what you do. Solomon contrasts those who live in light with those who live in darkness. Righteousness (obeying God) is light. Wickedness (disobeying God) is darkness. When we choose to obey God our path gets brighter and brighter. But when we choose to disobey God our path gets darker and darker. Solomon says the wicked don’t even know what they are stumbling over. They are bad, but they don’t know why. Like stubbing your toe on something in the dark, but you don’t know what it is.

Have you ever done something wrong and mom and dad or your teacher asked, “Why did you do that?” Do you know why you do bad things? Sadly, even many grown-ups don’t know why they do bad things. Or they can’t even tell that what they are doing is leading them down a bad path. For example, someone without many friends may not even be able to realize that they don’t have friends because they are a know-it-all. “Why don’t you have friends?” “I don’t know,” they say. Or maybe they are failing in school but can’t recognize that it is because they are too lazy to do their homework. “Why are your grades so low?” “I don’t know.” They do not know what they stumble over.

But when we know Jesus and his cross we know that we are bad because we have selfish sin inside of us. But we also have Jesus and his love inside of us. Now we can admit when we are wrong while trusting that God loves us still. We can know why we are bad (sin in us) and why we are good (Jesus in us).  

Because of Jesus we can know why we do bad and why we do good.

With Jesus we never have to be afraid to admit when we are wrong.


Look at the nightlights in your house. Why do we have nightlights? To keep us from stumbling in the dark. How can you be nightlights for each other?


Jesus, show me the wrong I do and help me trust your love for me. Amen.


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