Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 15, 2016

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 4:10-19.

“10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded;
And if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take hold of instruction;  do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked
And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil;
And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know over what they stumble.”  Proverbs 4:10-19.

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There is a sharp contrast between the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked.

“The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know over what they stumble.”  Verse 19.

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”  Verse 18.

“The way of the righteous is smooth;
O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.”  Isaiah 26:7.

God guides and restores and preserves the righteous.

“I have directed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.”  Verse 11.

“He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3.

“… He preserves the way of His godly ones.”  Proverbs 2:8.

Other doctrine trusts in its own wisdom and will-power to avoid the path of the wicked.
 
But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in the LORD to guide, restore, and preserve them in the way of the righteous.
 
Reformed Doctrine teaches the precious point of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints of Canons of Dordt.

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