"My son, keep your father’s command,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.
Always bind them to your heart;
tie them around your neck.
When you walk here and there, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you wake up, they will talk to you.
For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light,
and corrective discipline is the way to life." HCSB
The instructions of wisdom are like a lamp, guiding us as we walk through life. It is as if we are walking through a dark wood, and the only light we have is given in the form of commands, instructions, teachings. To mix the metaphor, the very path itself is the path of reproof, discipline, and admonition. In our society we have a serious authority problem - but the authority is the one telling us the way of life! Do you want to find life? You must submit, accept, and obey the authority of the creator - that is, you must practice wisdom!
For many of us, we often don't even get to the fork in the road, or the choice between obedience or defiance. This proverb says wisdom's teachings will guide you, guard you, and talk to you. If that is not the case, you have to back up a few steps - you have to bind instruction to your heart! If we want the benefits of wisdom, we have to put in the time to listen. We must inculcate ourselves if we expect to hear wisdom speak to us when we wake up.
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