Proverbs 6:20-24

In Proverbs 6:20-24 Solomon begins by reminding his son to obey what he had taught.  “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” Solomon probably had in mind both the wisdom a father passed to his children and the Word of God which had been received and loved by the parents. A wise child will keep God’s Word close, both upon their heart and around their neck.  It’s not enough to just know it in the mind.  Head knowledge is not enough.  God’s Word and the instruction from godly parents must be held in the heart, as that is where the decisions of life happen.

He goes on to use some even stronger words about it when he says “Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.”  Solomon tells us that God’s Word must be permanently planted in our heart so it impacts every action we take.  It’s not something we pull out when we have a difficult situation to address.  It is the guiding principle for all action.  He shows the power of a dad and mom who are working together to train up a child in the way that child should live.  It doesn’t happen accidentally.  Good parenting matters, and it includes a healthy dose of teaching and modeling God’s truth in the parents lives and marriage.

God’s Word is living and active.  When we keep it close, and hold on to it as the guiding light for how we live, it has power in our life.  It isn’t a few minutes a day, or an occasional visit to church.  Teaching, and following, God’s Word is an ongoing process.  “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.”  God’s Word will lead us, watch over us, and talk with us.  It helps us in many ways, but these three are called out here:

  • A guide: will lead you.
  • A guardian: will keep you.
  • A companion: will speak with you.

Solomon reminds us that God’s Word really is a talking book filled with the wisdom we need to live life God’s way.  It provides light to our path and gives us the direction we need to succeed in life. “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.” God’s Word gives us direction.  It brings light into the darkness of the world.  When we follow God’s teaching, and the instruction of our parents, we can avoid the sin that will bring reproof and correction.  Sexual sin is one that the world constantly throws in our path.  God’s Word can help us avoid falling prey to that effort of the enemy.

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