Proverbs 3:1-4 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day; days make months, months make years, and years placed together make a lifetime. For a lifetime to occur you must live each and every second of that life. You may not skip a few seconds here and there at will; you must live them all. You might ask, “what if I’m in a coma, I’d miss lots of time.” Not true. You might not remember the time, but you lived it, and you were affecting the lives of many around you. This chapter in Proverbs begins by reminding us to live each moment of life.
“Forget not my law;” life’s guidelines, in God’s word. Why, because living according to God’s design will give you “length of days.” Not just time spent, but really living each moment of every days. The blessing of an obedient life is better days.
Another benefit is “long life.” Not just good days strung together, but also, a reason to live those days. Today many people say, “I have no reason to live.” Even young people are committing suicide at alarming rates. However, if you live God’s way, He will guide you into a purpose for life.
In addition, you can have “peace.” The world can be at war daily, and you can still enjoy peace. Peace in your heart for each day you live with God’s guidance, and peace in your soul of your eternal dwelling with Him. A peace the world can’t give.
How can this life be ours? By keeping “mercy and truth,” two characteristics of morality, close to our hearts. Mercy omits selfishness and hate toward others, while truth will keep us from being liars and hypocritical. A Moral life does matter.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Everyone wants people to be real with them. We all hate phonies and liars. People also want to “find favor,” or be loved by others. If “mercy and truth” would guide all our lives, what a better place this world would be. It never starts with others first. It begins with you and I. Let’s enjoy every moment of life.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Exodus 14-18 Proverbs 3:1-4
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Exodus 13-14 Matthew 19:16-30
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