Words from the Heart for Thursday September 14th, 2017
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.
Proverbs 7:3-4 (NLT)
A Beloved Family Member
The Lord’s directions for our lives are not just meant to be considered one day a week at church. Rather, every day in every way we will benefit from reminders of the ways of the Lord. This verse is very practical and tells us to keep wisdom and the Lord’s commands close by at all times.
In July 2016 a docu-drama on the life of gangster Al Capone was released. In it, his niece, Deirdre Marie Capone spoke about what it was like growing up in the Capone family. When asked if the stories about his connections to Canada were true, she replied, “There is a very strong connection to Canada.” The folklore is that he kept his stash of booze in tunnels in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and owned both a hotel in Bracebridge, Ontario and a cabin in Eastern Ontario.
Every family it seems has one family member who is the favourite – an uncle whom everyone loves or a mother who keeps the family together. That family member is always welcomed at every family event and everyone in the family looks forward to seeing them. This has always been the case, no matter the culture in which that family exists. And King Solomon uses that analogy in speaking about God’s teachings and commands. People often think of God’s commands as onerous and painful. But listen to what King Solomon says about this in Proverbs 7:3-4: “Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.” Those of us who have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ love Him for His redeeming and transforming gift of eternal life that He has provided to us. And just as He has found His rightful place in the centre of our lives, so have His teachings and commands. We live by His wisdom and insight, we walk in obedience because we love Him. What joy this brings.
These have been words from the heart.