My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.
O: We are being instructed to follow wise counsel. But it’s an active process. For me, the imagery here is of someone very purposefully and literally holding on to the instructions they have been given. Work needs to be done to etch these instructions onto our heart. We need them close and within reach (“tie them around your neck”).
A: “Wisdom is the application of knowledge.” These are words from I recent sermon that I have been reflecting on. We can possess knowledge about any number of things. But if we don’t act on the knowledge we have it is rendered powerless. These verses encourage us to make sure that the knowledge that we possess is put to use. The first step in putting this knowledge to use is have it on hand when we need it. That’s why we are encouraged to internalize and surround ourselves in it. The most obvious application here is to reading the Bible, and know and understanding God’s word and activating this knowledge at the times when we need it most. This is exactly what Jesus does when the devil tried to tempt Him (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). Because the Word was already a part of Him, He could use it to fend off temptation.
P: Father, thank you for giving me everything I need to live my best life. I pray that I recognize your blessings for what they are, especially when I’m feeling discouraged. Help me to make your word a part of me: mind, body, and soul and to find comfort in it at all times. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Quenesha is a native New Yorker living, working, dreaming in the Big Apple. She’s passionate about educational equality and finding the light in people who may have a hard time finding it in themselves.