The Way to Life

For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light and corrective discipline is the way to life. Proverbs 6:23 HCSB

My wife and I put a small garden in our backyard. We got a late start on it during the day and worked into the darkness to finish. Finishing in the dark was a challenge. We fumbled around trying to find the rake, shovel, and other tools we had gotten out of our shed. Trying to find the hanging bracket to replace the tools in the shed created an even greater challenge. My wife then said, “Try using the light on your phone.” It is interesting that the light that is usually used for taking a flash picture on our phones can also be used as a small flashlight. I turned on the light on my phone and my wife held it while I put away the tools. A little light can be a great help in the darkness.

This Scripture reminds us that the commands of God, found in His Holy Word, are like a lamp. Teaching is a light to show us the right way to go and discipline will lead to life. The expression of “life” has a double meaning. It means we will have a full and meaningful life now here on earth, and we have the promise of eternal life in the future if we will only follow the words of wisdom from God and our parents.

Challenge: Read God’s Word. It is a lamp unto your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105). God will show you the right way if you will only seek Him and His ways.

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