The first lighthouse forever changed the way sailors navigated turbulent, rocky bays. Lighthouses, illuminating the unknown, shone a more certain path, lighting the way for safety, economic growth, and the preservation of life.
We long to make something of our lives, but inundated with small and big decisions, each day becomes a new bay to navigate with unknown rocks and treacherous storms. Add to that the chaos of our communal lives—on familial, local, and national levels—and we feel helpless to make good decisions that lead to a nourishing, settled life for ourselves and others.
Many search for guidance by instinct or “gut feel,” self-help books and articles, supernatural signs, Facebook polls, or just what everyone else is doing. Some despair of doing the right thing and give up trying, pursuing instead what feels good or provides happiness in the moment.
As Christians, we know this turbulence and suffering will be made right and even beautiful when Christ returns. We also know that our lives should be characterized by love for the Lord our God and love for neighbor (Mark 12:30–31), but what does this practically look like in our everyday lives? Competing voices telling us the right thing to do leave us confused about how to act justly for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.
Into this space, God speaks. Through Proverbs, He confirms that there is a good path and that we can know it. The book of Proverbs shines a guiding light into our stormy and chaotic seas.