“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.” (Prov 4:20-22)
Take a break from Acts today, it is amazing to go back and read the books of wisdom, like Proverbs, which have so much great insight and information in them. Here, in Proverbs 4, we are told to hold to the teachings and the Word. To take it into our hearts and never let them leave our sight; truer words have never been spoken. In my own life I can feel when I am closer to the Word or when I begin to rely upon my own understanding.
It is when I am in the Word and it is close to my heart and my sight that I am a better father, husband and pastor. I see the plans God has for me and I see my paths laid straight. I find deeper peace and understanding of life when I find myself in the Word constantly. When I devour the scriptures into my heart. Evil has no hold over me, doubts flee from my sight and the love of Christ comforts me in my mission.
On the flip side, when I miss out on the Scriptures; when my day is too full for His word, the opposite is true. I find myself doubting everything from my calling to His grace. I find that the evil one has a open mic to my mind and his whispers seem like shouts. Temptations don’t creep in but they rush in like a wave from the ocean. It is never a good thing when the Word is far from my mind or when I have not engaged God on a given day.
People, it is a dangerous road to travel without the Lord in sight. We keep Him that way by ensuring that the Scripture is close to us, that it is always in sight and when we pay close attention to its instructions. When our obedience does not come from obligation but comes from a heart of joy. When we follow Christ not because we have to, but because we want to; our sacrifice is not one born of necessity but out of thanksgiving. None of this can happen unless we keep the Word close to our hearts and never let it out of our sight.