Are Wisdom and Instruction “Your Life”?
Years ago there used to be a TV show called “This is Your Life”. It was a pretty interesting show, sort of like today’s reality shows except without the sex, cursing, violence and obvious situations which are not “real”. The show was focused around one person and the show would bring back people from his/her past and reunite them and interview them. It was sort of a warm-hearted show. I was reminded of that show as I read the following verses from Proverbs chapter 4:
Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
It was the last phrase, “for she is your life” that triggered my thoughts this morning. In the TV show, it was interesting to see what kind of people made an impact on someone’s life. It might have been a third grade teacher, or the owner of the drug store. Sometimes it was people that you would not expect. I think that a lot of people would be surprised by the idea of “instruction” or “wisdom” being “their life”. Is instruction and wisdom really that important? I think it is, and obviously the writer of Proverbs thinks that it is. Don’t we all want to walk and our steps not be hindered and run and not stumble? I know that I do! That’s what wisdom and instruction can do for us. Wisdom and instruction keep us on the right path. A path is a well-worn way of navigating through the wilderness of life. God’s ways and God’s wisdom are “time-tested”. His ways are the right ways in which to go through life.
If it’s not so already, please make wisdom an important part of “your life”. You won’t regret it.