Perceptions for June 2005
Two Pathways and Two Destinies
~Roger Johnson


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

          These words of Solomon place before us a vivid contrast between "the path of the righteous" and "the way of the wicked." They tell us that from Godís standpoint there are only two classes of people in the world --- the righteous and the wicked. To which class do you belong?

         The righteous are in the minority; the wicked are in the majority. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus stated that there would be many on the “broad way” that leads to destruction in contrast to the few on the “narrow way” that leads to life. Since the fall of man it has always been true that the righteous are in the minority. It was so in the days of Noah, when after 120 years of warning, only eight souls were saved (1 Peter 3:20). It was true when only a few escaped God’s judgment on wicked Sodom (Genesis 19:23-25). After almost two thousand years of Christianity, it is still true that the righteous are in the minority.

         The righteous are in the light; the wicked are in a state of darkness. Christians are in the light because their source of light is Jesus (John 8:12). They have been translated out of darkness into light (Colossians 1:12-13). The spiritual condition of every man who is without Christ is extremely dark and bleak (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is following a path that will lead to eternal darkness (Jude 13).

         The path of the righteous gets brighter; the way of the wicked gets darker. The experience of the Christian is that of walking in the light (1 John 1:7) which increases in brightness through the years. In contrast, the wicked stumble because they are in the darkness. They stumble through life, hoping for the best, but there is no real anchor or eternal hope (Ephesians 2:12). What a bleak experience this is! Our wonderful Guide wants to take our hand and lead us through all the intricate pathways of life until at last we enter into His presence.

         The righteous have a glorious prospect; the wicked have a terrible prospect. The righteous await a home prepared for them by the carpenter of Israel (John 14:2-3). The wicked have a bleak future ahead with no hope of escaping (Matthew 8:12). On which road are you traveling --- the road that has a glorious prospect, or the road that has a terrible prospect?

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