On a personal note, the last couple of weeks have been weeks of testing. My son-in-law had an attack of guillain-barre syndrome and has been in the hospital. Needless to say, our normal schedules have been very abnormal and rest at a premium. The worst is behind us, but there is quite a road of rehabilitation ahead. We would appreciate your prayers on his behalf. Already, God has shown up in some amazing ways. We know He is in control and only allowing what He is going to work for good to His glory in this whole process. My daughter and son-in-law are selfless servants of God and the support from the body of believers has been overwhelmingly supportive and loving. We thank God for His amazing love as shown through His servants.
I finally have a few minutes to call my own, so I wanted to spend a few more moments in Proverbs with you.
Proverbs 7:1–4 “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”
Yes, the words are addressed from father to son, but the application is just as valid when saying father to daughter. Through Solomon’s words to his son, Father God is impressing upon us the importance of hiding His word in our heart. I am so thankful for the many memory verses I learned as a child. I have also found that the more I go through the scripture and continue with my verse-by-verse studies that many verses become a part of me through the natural repetition that results from that study. God’s law should be as dear to us as the “apple of our eye,” a reference to the pupil of the eye and a figurative phrase that speaks of something we cherish above all else. It is often only through the ministry of the word of God through the Holy Spirit that we can find the needed strength to withstand temptation and make choices that are wise rather than foolish. That ministry is so much more timely and effective when we have a storage vault of verses for Him to use to speak to us.
God says that if we will keep His commandments, we will live—not just in this lifetime, but beyond it. The Hebrew for “live” makes reference to restoring to life and making one whole, to preserving life. When man sinned, the consequence was death—not only physical, but spiritual death. God’s word gives us the words of life.
Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalms 119:17 “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
Luke 4:4 “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
Jesus was the embodiment of the word of God. In Him are the fulfillment of the law and the provision of our salvation. In Him we find spiritual nourishment. Through Him we can once again be declared righteous before God.
Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
John 3:16–17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
John 6:35, 48 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
2 Corinthians 5:19–21 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, I pray you will humble yourself before Him, repent of your sin and accept His precious gift of salvation. Time is short; you are not guaranteed tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”