20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
It is nearly impossible for me to read the Proverbs and not think of my father’s instructions. Becoming a student of the Proverbs as a teenager directed me to listen more carefully to the instructions, guidance, correction and even the commands of my father and mother. To this day, the words of my father and mother ring in my ears as continuing wisdom. Not all of you who read this had parents who instilled wisdom into you; however, your eternal Father has been giving you wisdom your whole life. The point of this passage is not where you get wisdom from but what you do with the wisdom you received.
To “bind them on your heart always” and to “tie them around your neck” indicates that you keep wisdom with you all the time. Like a valuable necklace that identifies you, wisdom is to be ever with, a part of who you really are.
As you keep wisdom close to your heart and a part of your being, when you walk through your life, this wisdom will lead you, and when you lie down to rest, this wisdom will watch over you. Furthermore, when you wake up, this wonderful wisdom will be a voice in your head giving you guidance for the day ahead. Many times in my life the words of my dad and mom as well as the words of mentors and of Solomon himself rang through the darkness and the clouds giving light to the way that I needed to travel.
Verse 23 lets us know that wisdom comes both from instruction and from correction. There are life lessons that cost us dearly and then keep us from making the same mistakes again. Let the instructions of wisdom, wherever they came from, be in your heart and around your neck giving you the guiding light that you need for today and for tonight.
Some of you have wondered if a different climate might make a difference for Jared and his seizures. Sadly, no, Jared’s seizures have not seen any let-up in Indonesia. He still endures them. We think he likes it here in that he goes places with us, walks malls with us, and went to the zoo as well. I took him to Burger King on Sunday night and he REALLY enjoyed getting fries, a burger, and drink with a lid and a straw. We did find a local neurologist who specializes in epilepsy. She has agreed to be our local doctor for Jared. We are thankful for this provision.
Have a great day in the Lord,