My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. NIV
In this passage, God is speaking to us as His children. He is not talking to the world. In the natural, we all need a flashlight from time to time and our Christian life, in general, is no different. We need to know how to stay focused; how to keep on the right path; how to stay alive and vibrant as a Christ follower.
Here, He’s telling us that His commands and His teaching are something that is alive. They are living and active. His Word is not just words on paper. They are something that will keep us company if we will cling to them, if we will absorb them and let them become part of our daily thinking. He becomes our best friend and when we struggle with lack of confidence or we’re troubled by problems we have a friend who really cares.
Through the times of our lives, one thing is true: When we walk, it guides us. When we sleep, it watches over us. And when we awake up, it will speak to us. Real, genuine communion with God is possible in the sense that He is there if we follow the precepts of Proverbs 6:20-22.
You are literally protected by the presence of God around you. He said, “Keep his commands; don’t forsake them. Bind them upon your heart; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you wake up, they will speak to you.”
His presence is around us because of our attitude to His Word. We are not kept in the dark wondering if God is with us or not. We know the value we place on His Word by the way we live His Word; how we meditated in His Word. He said we must be a “doer” of His Word and not a “hearer” only. If our lives are not transformed in some way; not impacted; then we may not be experiencing God’s Word as he intended for us to experience it. The Word, according to God, is living and active. It’s something personal. Don’t let it just become just a religion or something you hear talked about on Sunday at church. May we all learn to live with it and walk with it and let it be a flashlight that shows us the way to a better life.
© KPI 2013