“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. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. 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 your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones.” ~ Proverbs 3:1-8
This is just bursting with wise instruction for us all. Lots of ifs / thens. If you do this, then you will be given, or experience, that.
If you don’t forget the teaching of the Word of God, and you keep His commandments, then your days and years will be lengthened and you will have peace. Does this guarantee you a long life? No. But the days and years you do have will count for something, will not be shortened by consequences and trouble, and will be filled with peace. Our world today definitely cries for peace. If only they would turn to God, the only Source for real, lasting peace! Jesus promised to give us HIS peace.
“‘Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.'” ~ John 14:27
If you keep kindness (KJV says mercy) and truth with you always in your heart, then you will find favor and good reputation in God’s sight, as well as in man’s. It should be our desire to offer mercy, kindness, and truth to the world around us. Always.
If you trust God with all your heart, don’t lean on your own understanding, and acknowledge Him, then God will make your paths straight. Pastor Chuck Smith has said of this well-known pair of verses: “How can I know the will of God? A question so often asked. Three steps. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Two: lean not to your own understanding. Three: in all your ways acknowledge Him. The result? He shall direct your path.”
If you don’t find yourself to be wise, and you fear God and stay away from evil, then you will find healing and refreshment. Don’t be a “wise guy” or a “know-it-all”. Instead, turn to God for wisdom and direction. Avoid evil. Flee from it. And your days will be much healthier and refreshing, filled with peace rather than with trouble.
Some of the most tortured souls I know have tasted of the goodness and peace that God offers, but then they have walked away and embraced evil instead. It breaks my heart to watch them trying to choose their own paths, make their own truths, create their own peace. I pray that they would remember God and His teachings, His mercy and kindness and truth, His peace, His direction and wisdom and healing ~ that they might return to trust in the LORD with all their hearts, lean not on their own finite understanding, and acknowledge God in all their ways, so that He can make their paths straight again and give them the peace that Jesus freely gives to those who acknowledge and follow Him.
“Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” Peace.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I am so very grateful for this promise ~ for extravagant peace freely given to guard my heart and mind when I pray and seek God, thanking Him for meeting my needs and directing my paths.