Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 6th, 2017
Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:10-12 (NIV)
Accept What I Say
Make the ways of the Lord your life habit! Does this verse describe your life? Even new believers or youth can be taught of the Lord. His ways will save us so much trouble. We can move forward without being hindered or distracted. We can have confidence in Him and not fear failure.
Many Canadians can name the book that begins with these words: “The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school, the church and the skating rink – but our real life was on the skating rink.” These are the words of Roch Carrier and the book is The Hockey Sweater. It is one of the most famous Canadian books of all time and was featured for many years on the 2001 series Canadian five dollar bill.
In the proverbs, King Solomon often calls on those to whom he is writing to heed what he is saying and to put into practice the principles he lays down. What we need to remember as we read his words is that it is really God who is speaking, through this human king. The advice Solomon gives is God’s advice, based on what our Creator knows about human nature and coming from Truth. Proverbs 4:10-12 is a case in point. King Solomon writes “Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” While on the surface this is Solomon giving advice to his son, it is really God speaking to His children. God reminds us that if we will pay attention to His precepts and commands, if we wisely listen to Him, we will avoid many of the pitfalls that would cause us to suffer in this life. Godliness not only brings us joy and victory, it lengthens our life.
These have been words from the heart.