Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV
Around 62 percent of Canadian households own some sort of tablet computer device as of 2018. Tablets are one of the most widely used consumer electronics in the country, but usage is also highly variant by region. The Saskatchewan/Manitoba provinces have a household penetration rate of around 51 percent, while regions like Alberta and Atlantic Canada sit at 73 and 72 percent penetration respectively. The Canadian tablet sales market had total revenues of $1.9 billion in 2019, representing a compound annual growth rate of approximately 1% between 2015 and 2019.
When we think of tablets today, we think either of medication, or handheld computer devices. Back in the day, tablets were pieces of stone on which important messages were chiseled. Archaeologists celebrate when they discover a tablet on which something of historical significance is found. This is the context of what King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Words chiseled on tablets millennia ago remain to this day. It is in that sense that God commands us to let our hearts be marked by love and faithfulness. God calls us to consistently allow His love and compassion to be the identity of our lives. They must never leave us. Followers of Jesus are called to represent Jesus every day in every way. It demands that we keep in fellowship with the Lord, filled by His Holy Spirit, experiencing His grace and compassion in our own lives daily. Then when we are called to love or to be faithful, we will be.
These have been words from the heart.