“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20–22, ESV)
Pay attention! Be attentive. A simple command given by parents, teachers, coaches, and managers alike. Most of questions can be answered this way. Many of our problems can also be solved this way. It’s the advice given to the person who asks questions during a movie—‘pay attention and you’ll find out!’
The complexity of life and many problems don’t need complex answers. It is as simple as being attentive. Being attentive to God’s Word, and God’s ways, don’t let them get away. This manner of thinking is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to faith in Christ.
Do we really believe what is written here? All too often the devotional nature of these passages are taken either too lightly, or they are taken with a dismissive attitude. Do not regard lightly the Word of God.
The weight of this passage and the application is rather significant. It isn’t something that can be taken lightly. It isn’t something to cast out, failing to remember what has been said.
- Be attentive to it, incline your ears.
- Don’t let them out of your sight
- Keep them in your heart
The reason for these three is two fold
- They are life for those who find them
- They are healing to their body
Is God’s Word spiritual food? Are these words true? Is there life and healing in God’s Word? If so, applying these truths is deeply significant.The application is in the darkest depths of the soul. It is also found at the highest highs. It is imperative to pursue God’s Word on the mountain top, and in the deepest valley.
May God the Father’s instruction not be forgotten.
May God’s Word not escape us.
May God’s Word be kept in our hearts.