Recipe For Life

 

 

“My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of a life worth living and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age until death], these shall they add to you.  Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

So shall you find favor, good understanding, ad high esteem in the sight of God and man.  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn entirely away from evil.  It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:1-8)

The book of Proverbs is the wisdom book.  King Solomon prayed and asked God for wisdom before he became king of Israel and God made him the wisest man in the known world at that time.  He wrote all these nuggets of wisdom in the book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.  Solomon’s faith got shipwrecked in his old age because of all the idolatrous concubines he had in his harem.  But in his prime, he obeyed God and the result was that his kingdom never saw war.  There was peace throughout Solomon’s reign as king of Israel.

The Word of God has the recipe for a wonderful life–if we choose to obey it.  This is just part of the wisdom to be found in the Word.  Let’s look at how we can apply this passage in our lives in the twenty-first century.

  1. Forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments – make a decision to obey the Word of God, which is His commandment to all of us.  Obedience to His known will for your life brings a blessing.  BLESSING: “length of days and years of a life worth living and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age until death], these shall they add to you.” – A long life full of the peace of God that lasts through your death.

  2. Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” – An inevitable result of staying in the Word of God is a change in your character.  A transformation takes place the closer you and I walk with Him daily.  He is merciful and kind therefore we are merciful and kind.  He doesn’t hate people so we shouldn’t hate people.  He isn’t selfish so we shouldn’t be selfish.  His is truth, so we should live truthfully before Him and all men.  These characteristics should be part of our deepest values.  Written on the tablet of our heart or our spirit. BLESSING: “So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight of God and man.”  – The Word says “the lines shall be fallen to you in pleasant places.”  This is favor.  It’s going to the parking lot of Wal-Mart and finding a spot right up front at rush hour.  It’s people going to an extra effort to help you.  It’s the police officer giving you a warning instead of a ticket.  Giving mercy and kindness to others brings mercy and kindness from others into your life.  Like the old saying “what goes around comes around.”

  3.  “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him.” – It boils down to one thing: BELIEVING GOD.  Depending on Him, trusting that His motives towards you are good and right.  Confident that He has your back.  Not just head knowledge, but with your heart AND your mind–everything in you.  When you do this, you can acknowledge Him in everything you do.  You can say “God did this for me and He did that for me.”  Giving Him glory for the little things as well as the big things.  BLESSING: “He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” – When God sees that you are completely trusting Him to guide you, that is exactly what He will do.  He will cause the lines to be fallen to you in pleasant places.

  4.  Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn entirely away from evil.” – Nobody has it all figured out.  That’s why we need God in our lives so desperately.  He knows the beginning from the end.  He knows EVERYTHING!  Why wouldn’t you want someone like that on your side?  Oh here is the hard part–turn entirely away from evil.  That is the word REPENT.  Making the decision and then following through with the daily turning away from doing things that you know He doesn’t want for you.  It is putting His will before your own.  That is worship.  Giving God first place in your life.  BLESSING: “It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.” –  God is life and health, so a life lived with Him at the helm always results in a healthy physical body and mind.

Father, I ask that each person who reads this recipe for life would grab it and run to You to be number one in their lives.  In Jesus’ name I ask.  Amen and Amen.

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