Proverbs sometimes delivers its advice in pocket size chunks, rather than full arguments and long reasoning.
In the first part of chapter three we have different pieces of wisdom lined up for us to dwell on and explore.
Starting off we have a command to obey the writer’s law, and a promise for long life and peace if we do so. God’s law may be impossible to keep completely, but if we attempt to keep it, the writer says we will be blessed by God anyway. It is that good. Mind you, don’t rely on it for your salvation. Trust Jesus for that.
The symbolism here of hanging mercy and truth on one’s neck and carving them onto one’s heart highlights the importance of these qualities. We need to value showing mercy and telling the truth, because they are attributes of God. It stands to reason that we will find favour in His sight, not to mention other people, if we do so.
An easy few verses to say, but to them into practice is hard. God’s understanding far outweighs ours, so it makes sense to rely on Him in difficult situations. God is in charge of all our situations so it flows that He will set our way clear if we trust Him.
A real challenge for me is to not be wise in my own eyes! It’s too easy to try to slog through the pit of life on our own terms, rather than acknowledging and fearing God, and with His help, departing from our sins. Ultimately it is better for us to do the latter, so why do we resist so often?
All of our possessions belong to God. He made the whole world and lends it out to us to use and prosper in it. Giving back to God is an idea that has continued throughout history and is a practice nowadays. It makes sense to do so and God promises to bless us all the more when we do so.
Often the hardest thing to accept is discipline, even from the God whom we know is loving and good. Know that it is meant for your eternal good, even when it’s not for your current good. Is it strange for you that the God of the heavens and the earth as a loving God (whom we can call Father because of Christ) who cares about our actions and corrects us when we sin? Believe it. Amen
Things to ponder: God is all throughout the Proverbs. Is there a link between seeking wisdom and seeking God?