If you were to ask me to describe a perfect day, my description would be much like the weather we’ve been having for the last several days. I love the sun shining, the cool wind, and the blue skies. We’ve had our fun for the summer and are looking forward to autumn, so we are stuck in the middle of two of my favorite seasons. Weather like today’s makes me aware of how good God has been to me.
The phrase “perfect day” is found in the Bible only once, in Proverbs 4:18, where it says: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” In the context of the passage, it is not talking about clouds, breezes, sunshine, or lake smells. It is talking about an even better day than the ones we are having. It is talking about the day that we finally see Jesus in heaven and can enjoy Him. When you read the description of heaven in the book of Revelation, you find portrayals that defy the imagination and paint a picture of pure bliss. Streets of gold, gates of pearl, presence of loved ones, and fellowship with God Himself in a way that cannot be diminished by our sinfulness. That will be a “perfect day.”
But Proverbs 4:18 says that we can have a taste of that now. For now, sin prohibits us from experiencing the abundant life that Christ offers. This verses says that that is the point: we can experience more of what heaven is like when we follow “the path of the just.” Does that mean that we need to do good or religious things to get to heaven? No, because none of us are just. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” But the “path of the just” is one led by the only One who is just: Jesus Christ. Acts 3:14 calls Jesus “the Holy One and the Just.” The path that Jesus walks is one that He invites us to partake. We can do that by turning from our self-righteous, dead works and trusting Him as Saviour.
As we walk with Him, Proverbs says that it is like getting closer to the light, shining more and more until the perfect day. Walking with Jesus is like a string of perfect days. That doesn’t mean that everything will always go the way you plan. Walking with Jesus doesn’t mean you’ll always have everything you want. But He sustains you and gives you what you need and that makes life here perfect. This, again, starts by being born again. which comes by God’s grace through our faith in His promises.
I don’t know specifically what heaven will be like. Maybe today’s perfect weather is a reflection of it. But I do know that my walk with Jesus has been a taste of that Perfect Day I will someday enjoy because of Him.