Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 7
Verse 2: "Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye".
I like the two-fold impact that today’s "gold nugget" delivers. First, the instruction to "Keep my commands and live”. It's unfortunate that too many of us do not take this truth literally. To try and live in this world without adherence to God's laws and precepts not only can bring destruction (death either spiritually or physically), but will disable you from the benefits that come from walking in obedience. So the concept of "keeping His commandments and live" can also mean - living a life worth living. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) It could be said that this verse means, "Keep my commands and live a life worth living" or "You haven’t started living until you've started obeying". Either works for me. What of the second part of today’s gold nugget? "And (keep) my law as the apple of your eye". That is to say, keep my law as the apple (pupil) of your eye and you will live a life worth living. What is it about the pupil of your eye that would portray the importance of obeying God? Well, let's look at the pupil a little closer (pun intended). By definition, the pupil is a hole located in the center of the iris of the eye that allows light to enter the retina. If the pupil of the eye is what allows light to enter our retina and we remember that Jesus is referred to as the Light of the world, then making God's laws the pupil allows the Light to enter us and give us vision. Wow, I don't know about you, but I find that very exciting. Simply stated, obeying God's laws will allow His Light (Jesus) to enter our lives and give us vision and a life worth living. Adversely, not obeying God's laws will prevent the Light from entering us, keeping us in the dark without vision and a life that will be filled with destruction. I think He made it pretty simple for us today. What will we do with it? Maybe today is the day to repent and conform to His precepts.
Lord, thank you for reminding me of how you have entered into my life and given me vision when I have obeyed you. I will purpose to continue in your ways and strive to obey you more consistently. Amen
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