Posted May 28, 2012
This set of verses is a continuation from last week (Prov. 6:20-21), placed in the biblical context of warning children regarding adultery.
Note that God's commandments aren't impersonal, but walk with us, lead us, watch over us, talk with us. So often we think of commandments in terms of cold sterile truths that we reluctantly abide by. Not these. They are done in the company of God, almost reminiscent of the garden! They are intended to shape every area of our lives, including our sexual ethics.
God's commandments are a lamp and a light to a people who walk in darkness. God doesn't want us to walk in darkness, but rather live as he intended (fully alive)! Not only does he lighten our paths to teach us walk with him, but he also disciplines us because he knows the other path will kill us! He sees the dangers ahead and seeks to correct those self-destructing ways. Often we think of reproofs & discipline in a negative light, but in this case, they are ways that God shows his love for us (Hebrews 12:5). In fact, he'd be unloving if he didn't discipline us! He sees the way we're walking in and knows its end (just read the book of Proverbs!). He also knows the better way, the way of life, the way that gives us life, the way we were created to walk in! John Stott said, "We human beings are imitative by nature. We need a model to copy, and ultimately there are only two. There is "this world", literally 'this age', which is passing away, and there is "God's will", which is good, pleasing and perfect." (see Romans 12:2)
Do we trust that indeed God's way is a light and brings life, joy, & pleasures evermore? For more exploration of this verse, check out: