Of the 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, two verses seem to be quoted the most. They are Proverbs 3:5-6. Those verses are rich. But, there are amazing truths in the verses that come before and after them as well.
In particular, verse two says that God adds length of days (quality), years of life (quantity), and peace to those who heed His word — more life in your living! Verse four teaches us that God also shows His favor to those keep His word. So, how do these blessings become ours? By writing them down. They could be written in your journal, or on a note card for your bathroom mirror, or even on a sticky note on your computer screen. But, truly, verse four refers to the best place for God’s word to be inscribed: on your heart. Proverbs 3:4 actually says that we are to write God’s word on our heart.
Be aware that someone is writing on the tablet of your heart each day. Is it God, you, or someone around you? Is it TV, social media, or our culture? Who is scribbling their thoughts and beliefs onto your heart? Why are you letting them? Tough questions, but necessary questions. It’s time to erase what others and our culture have written on our hearts and let God pen His principles and truth on our hearts.
How does this take place? The answer is found in those famous verses five and six:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Are you ready to erase the world’s graffiti and self-engraved nonsense from your heart? Here’s how:
- Turn your entire heart over to Christ; He makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Trust in Him instead of relying upon yourself; He never breaks the trust you place in Him (Hebrews 13:5-6, Matthew 28:20).
- Walk away from your “wisdom” and seek His; He wisdom is without limit or end (Romans 11:33)
- Follow His ways, forsake your ways; He is the Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6).
- Follow the path He creates, instead of creating your own (Psalm 23:3, Psalm 31:3, 1 Corinthians 7:17)
All of those principles are compacted into Proverbs 3:5-6. No wonder it is so beloved and often quoted.
When you yield to Christ as the only Author allowed to put pen to the paper of your heart, He will:
- Add life to your soul. 3:22
- Help you to walk through each day securely and prevent you from stumbling. 3:23
- Remove anxiety and give you sound sleep and rest. 3:24
- Offer you hour-to-hour and day-to-day peace. He keeps you safe from the “sudden fear” that creeps into all of our minds. 3:25
In summary, He becomes the confidence, peace, direction, and surety that we all long for. He can cleanse our hearts, remove what bothers and embitters them, and provide direction and protection for them. His pen is ready. Are you ready?