Proverbs 3 Sandwich
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
… “TRUST in the LORD with all of you heart….”
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
My son, do not despise the Lord‘s discipline or be weary of his reproof,for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 1 – 12)
Watching and Wondering:
I love Proverbs 3: 5-6. I’ve known it by heart for years:
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways, acknowledge him and He will direct your paths…
Today, I see these verses as only being part of a great sandwich. But a sandwich is the whole package: delectable rolls, choice condiments, and all the veggie extras. These all mix with and enhance the star ingredient, sandwiched comfortably in the middle. You need them all.
Go back and see it. Read it. Take in every bite. An amazing sandwich. A full meal deal.
And then, being the gentleman He is, (and knowing how un-mannered we can often be) the Master Chef gives us a napkin at the end to catch the dribbling-down-the-chin goodness with a little reality check:
11 My son, do not despise the Lord‘s discipline or be weary of his reproof,12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Yes indeed, I love a great sandwich.
Worth the time to take in and chew. every. word… to remember. And dare I say, memorize?
Jesus, if I believe your Word changes things, then I need it to change me first, bite by bite – a banquet set for me in the presence of my enemies. If I’m serious about my body’s food, then I want to be serious about my eternal food. Help this mind engrave life-giving words to my memory vaults.
(Note: Verses 13 -35… those must be the soup and dessert… I’ll have to wait on those until next time.)