Proverbs 4:20-27 – “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” NKJV
My basic and foundational philosophy in life is that we take God’s Word as a guide and realize that the precepts and principles taught therein are attainable and applicable for daily living. It is my conviction that the purpose of God is not to teach some lofty principle(s) which are attainable by only the select of the elect, but open and accessible by every born-again child of God. I also am convinced that we reach those lofty places in God, not because of our performance, but because of our birthright and heritage. We are His children and He is our Father, therefore, “as He is so are we in this world.”
Here in Proverbs 4, God the writer brings us face to face with some basic instructions which are life-giving. Let’s quickly view the highlights of what is offered in these verses.
- We Are Instructed to GIVE.
Attend to or do! We are to apply and commit ourselves to following the instructions contained therein. This involves Hearing, Understanding, and Acting upon the Truths and Instructions that are given.
- We Are Instructed to INCLINE OUR EARS.
Listen! We are to allow our understanding to be illuminated that we may understand and be able to properly respond to what is being said. Then, we are able to truly be a “doer of the Word” not simply one who hears without action.
- We Are Instructed to NOT LET THE WORDS DEPART FROM OUR EYES.
We are to keep them in the forefront of our minds and firmly established in our hearts. This is a covenant phrase and the reality is we “become” what we are constantly beholding. If we keep the Covenant of God constantly in our mind and heart meditating on His Word and Truth we are then ready to respond all the time and at any time.
- We Are Instructed to KEEP THE WORDS IN THE MIDST OF OUR HEARTS.
We are to allow our spirit man to become so filled with the Words of the Lord that we are truly SPIRIT LED not led by emotions or physical cravings. We are to allow the Word of God to completely permeate our spirits, hearts, and minds so that everything that comes out of our mouths is WHAT GOD SAYS. What results in our actions is WHAT GOD DOES. Then we can reflect and manifest Christ as did Stephen in the Book of Acts.
The results of these activities are two-fold as can be witnessed in verse 22, they are “life and health.” The writer under the inspiration of the Spirit of God continues by giving some practical guidance that we can follow and enter the place or condition that God desires for our lives. He gives some powerful instruction in verses 23-27 that we will deal with in more depth in the next devotional.
Until tomorrow, I pray that the LORD open heaven’s windows and pour out a blessing upon you that is beyond your ability and capacity to contain. Blessings as you enjoy this wonderful day He has created for you and me!