In praise of the righteous

Sun rises over Himalayas, view from Kakani, Proverbs 4:18

Proverbs 4:18 paints a beautiful picture. It tells us that the way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

If you’ve ever spent the night in a place where there is little man-made artificial light, you’ll know how precious those first rays are. The world regains its usual size and shape as the sun rises, and everything feels familiar again. In Nepal, I’ve spent nights at high-ish altitude, where the air is thin, and the first rays of light also mean imminent heat. I’ve longed for the sun to appear over the mountain ridge to warm me.

Of course, the proverb points to Jesus, but as Christians, we are counted among the righteous. How beautiful it is to describe the righteous in this way. Oh, to be someone whom others long to see and have around.

Is there anyone in your life who is righteous and whose presence you yearn for more of? When they turn up, you know their wisdom and goodness will make any situation better.

If you know someone like this, perhaps today is the day to tell them how much you cherish them and thank them.


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