Scripture: Proverbs 7:1-4
Dr. J. Wayne Mancari
“Keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and to insight, ‘You are my relative.’”
Scriptures were written to bring changes in the lives of those who read, hear and reflect on them, especially the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs are to persuade us to shape our outlook and character creating a hunger for wisdom’s teaching. Choosing wisdom is choosing a great life partner. When we say to wisdom: “We are family,” it’s like saying, “I want you to always be in my life.”
We are also to guard and protect wisdom as the “apple of our eye.” That’s the pupil or dark part of the eyes, where the whole person is reflected in the eye of another. The goal is that wisdom would be consistently reflected in your eyes, your character, your actions and your life; not just temporarily, but our entire lives. It’s not something you use to get through situations, but something you invite and host as a lifelong companion.
Is wisdom reflected in my eyes, my heart, my character and my actions? It requires me to “keep” the words of wisdom in me. To “bind them on my fingers,” (a decision to commit them to memory). Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” (I want a lifelong connection with you.) I want people to look in my eyes and see the reflection of God, His wisdom, His life and His love. This requires me not just to have the word in my head, but also my heart. This passage encourages me to make choices – to keep, guard, bind, write and say – choices to have and to hold wisdom.
Lord Jesus, it says of You that when people spent time with you they were amazed at your wisdom, (Matthew 13:54). We come to you according to Your Word knowing “if any of you lack wisdom, we should as You, who gives generously,” (James 1:5). Give us wisdom and help us guard and keep it in our hearts. We choose Your ways, Your will and Your wisdom for today, for this season, and for the rest of our lives.