Read Proverbs 4
Focus on verse 18-19
When two things or people are extremely dissimilar, we might say they are as different as night and day! Night is dark while day is light. Night is cool, while day typically is warmer. You might also say they are polar opposites, which as I think about it is really a misnomer because opposite poles of a magnet actually attract each other…I wonder who came up with that one anyway?!
One of the best examples of things that are opposite might be good and evil, although in our current world it would seem the lines between these are not as clear as they once were. The prophet Isaiah gives a strong warning to the people of Israel who were blurring the lines between good and evil. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Is. 5:20) It was not long after this warning was issued that the nation to whom Isaiah was speaking was conquered and carried off into captivity.
In today’s reading in proverbs righteousness is compared to light which shines like the full sun of mid-day, while wickedness is likened to deep darkness in which people stumble around because they cannot see.
As I have observed the increasingly rapid moral decline of the nation of America, it would seem that a spiritual darkness seems to be settling over the land. A darkness that causes men and women to be confused about right and wrong, about good and evil, to where we have people who call themselves followers of Jesus defending the murder of infants in the womb as a right of women, and petitioning lawmakers to redefine marriage to include unions which the Bible clearly condemns. At the same time those who speak against this moral depravity are labeled as evil haters and extremists. The message of Isaiah appears to be as relevant today as it was in ancient Israel. Interestingly, this moral decline is praised by those who are blinded by the darkness of their spiritual depravity, as progressive enlightenment, just as I suspect it was in ancient Israel. I believe it was Solomon who stated that there is nothing new under the sun. Human history seems determined to repeat itself every few hundred years clearly reminding us of our fallen condition and our need for the grace and redemption God offers us through His Son Jesus Christ.