Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 6
Verse 21-22: “Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.”
When the words of Solomon were being recorded over 3,000 years ago, most of the scriptures and laws of God were being passed down from parents telling their children of the Lord’s commands and events involving the children of Israel. It was of utmost importance that children listened and obeyed the commands of their parents in order to ensure God’s laws remained the standard for Israel. Today we may benefit from parents that serve God, but are not out in the cold if they don’t. The Word of God is available to all of us that have an interest in what He has to say and what He expects of us. The commands of our father and the laws of our mother concerning God’s commands and laws are right in front of us whether our parents pass them down or not. That being said, we need to grasp the importance of today’s “gold nugget” concerning how we should regard God’s commands and laws, “Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.” When I was in the Army over 20+ years ago, I went through boot camp in Fort Jackson South Carolina. For 8 weeks, when they weren’t treating us like the scum of the earth, they were drilling every important piece of information that we would possibly need if we ever saw battle. We carried our “Basic Field Manual” in our cargo pockets wherever we went. If we weren’t running, marching or shooting, we were reading, studying and memorizing. If we ever left the barracks without it secured in our pocket, sealed in a zip lock bag for protection, we would pay a price for it. The purpose was to ensure that when it came to the words of that book we would, “Bind them continually upon our hearts; tie them around our necks. When we would roam, they would lead us; when we slept, they would keep us; and when we were awake, they would speak to us.” They knew that we would not be able to survive without this knowledge. It’s the same way with the Word of God. We must get them off the pages and into our hearts and around our necks. Failure to do so will put us in greater danger than bullets and arrows ever could.
Lord, help us to understand that your Words were never meant to stay on the pages of the Bible, but were meant to take hold in our hearts and be worn as an ornament around our necks. We will accept this today as conditional for our spiritual survival. Amen
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