DAILY WORD 5/5/21

3. Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart.

4. Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 1:3–4 NLT

Today’s Passage continues on with Proverbs Chapter 3 and the writer’s admonitions to us. The first two Verses were a call to hear, accept, and understand the Teacher’s Wisdom. These next two Verses explain why this is important and what can be gained from receiving these Lessons.

The First Lesson in Today’s Passage taken from Verse 2 is never forsake Mercy or Truth. First of all, these are both Traits contained within our Ultimate Example. God embodies Mercy. His very Essence and His Actions toward us are a Blueprint of Mercy.

From His Communication with us, and His Birth into us. To His Death for us, His Preparation for us, and His Spirit in us, every action God takes that involves us, Embodies His Mercies. He Forgives us of our sins. He Washes us clean of our transgressions through Baptism. He Listens to all of our individual Prayers and actually answers them. Everything God does for us involves Mercy.

Next, the writer admonishes us never to relinquish Truth. God, once again, Personifies this characteristic; God IS Truth! Of course, we should hold on to Truth. The reasons are countless. First, any other path leads to lies, and the end of a lie is death.

Second, as if this needs to be stated, if God is Truth, and we cast Truth away, then we are casting away God. Our very Anchor to Life, Salvation, and Wisdom is cast away right along with Him. The consequences of such an action should be obvious. It will be the forfeiture of Peace and a Long Life. It will be a loss of Mercy, Forgiveness, and Relationship with Him. What more motivation do you need?

These things are important because we always want to model Christ in all of our actions. Speaking and disseminating the Truth is paramount in our walk as Christians. It is literally the Foundation of our Faith. Additionally, displaying Mercy is, in essence, communicating the Heart of God in our actions. It is like being a model of His Architype.

The next Lesson, the writer offers is how to keep Truth and Mercy close to us. Keeping Truth and Mercy top of mind can be difficult as we are confronted by the many trials that life can throw at us. To keep them where we need them, we are instructed to “bind them about thy neck;”. There are several explanations of what this means, but all you need to understand is this.

If you are wearing a necklace and it has a heavy pendant hanging from it, where does that pendant rest? It is directly over your heart. It is always accessible, and every time you move, every step you take it will move and adjust. You cannot forget it because it’s right there thumping against your chest. Every time you wish to see it, all you have to do is look down.

That may be a figurative explanation, but it paints a picture in your mind. That is how close we are to keep the Wisdom of Truth and Mercy to us. But the writer goes a step further, and this time, I don’t need to embellish a thing. He tells us to “write them upon the table of thine heart.” What a beautiful visual that paints!

In other words, we should commit Truth and Mercy to our memories in such a way that they become engrained in our very essence, just like they are in God. We are to chisel the lessons of Wisdom into our beings. Meditate on them so regularly that they become a part of our mentality and physiology.

What is the outcome of following these lessons? Favor and Good Understanding. Favor is Approval, Support, or Preference. And Good Understanding is Wisdom, Discernment, and Insight, but in this case, it could also be Recognition. We gain these things, but they are also seen in us by those with whom we interact.

If we follow his instruction, the writer says we will gain these traits with both God and man. This morning in prayer, I asked God to Bless me with the ability to increase in Favor with Him and those around me. Then, as I thought about it, I retracted the man part, realizing that only His Favor matters.

That is true, but the writer says that if you incline yourself to Wisdom and cling to both Truth and Mercy, the Favor of those around you will be a natural byproduct. He also says that you will find Favor in God’s Sight.

The benefits of never forsaking Mercy or Truth become evident as you break down what the author is telling us. Favor and Understanding in the sight of God and man. Now, I’m not saying that those should be our sole motivations. Displaying Truth and Mercy should be their own reward, but the derivative of them is Favor. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday and Never Forsake Mercy Or Truth; There Is Much To Be Gained, And A Lot To Lose!

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