Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 29th, 2017
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Proverbs 3:1-2 (NIV)
Do Not Forget My Teaching
More than once in the Bible we are told that choices we make can even prolong our life and make our years filled with both peace and prosperity. His teaching and His commands can become our pathway to the way He has desired for us. Let your heart be the “safety deposit box” for His ways.
With the development of technology, the teaching profession in Canada has changed significantly in the past 20 years. In an online article about jobs in education, Canadian Business magazine speaks to these changes. Lindy Sumner-Smith has been a teacher in the Peel Board in southern Ontario for more than two decades, including a stint as school librarian. Of the changes she has seen, just in the role that books play in education, she said “I already do coding with the whole school.” What used to be the called the library is now referred to as the “learning commons.” Sumner-Smith says “Books are a very minor part of it now. We do a whole bunch of hands-on learning, lots of coding, lots of apps. You can’t try to catch up—you need to be at the front.”
No matter how teaching is done, the fact that we need to be constantly learning will never change. If an individual or nation is going to flourish, literacy is essential and education is crucial. This is not only true of what we refer to as core curriculum – such things as reading, writing and mathematics – but perhaps even more importantly in studying God’s word. King Solomon understood this to be so in his day. In Proverbs 3:1-2 he writes: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.” King Solomon had the gift of wisdom, and God spoke through him not only to his generation but into every generation including our own. God’s truth and wisdom is eternal. So we are called to pay attention to what Solomon is saying here. Solomon is speaking on behalf of the eternal God who calls us to remember all that He teaches us in His Word. And it is not just to rest in our minds, but must find its way deep into our hearts, for it is what is in the heart that drives how we live. And there is a promise here. As we allow God’s word to transform our hearts, it will lead to a long life, filled with His peace and prosperity. Who doesn’t want that?
These have been words from the heart.