Lesson 10

Today let’s look at Proverbs 3:1-2:

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,

for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity. (NIV)

How often we disregard the things taught to us!  Now, I’m not saying that  our elders told us everything perfectly.  When they are not walking the path of wisdom, they don’t pass on wisdom.  That is why this is so important for us to obtain since we are passing on to others.  If you don’t have children, you are still passing on.  So many around us are searching for answers and you might be the one to give it to them.

Don’t forget wise teaching.  Hold it close to your heart where it cannot be taken away and is readily accessible at any hour.

The words of verse 2 need to be taken very carefully.  I’ll admit that when I first read this, I think that if I read the Word daily and practice what it says that I will live to be extremely old and will have so much money in the bank.  Sign me up!!!!   Alas, read it again and take out your personal responses to this and almost think like a lawyer.  Go back to what these words really mean.

Prolong does not mean that you will live to be 100 years old like my husband’s great-grandmother (more like 105 for her).  The actual definition is to lengthen in time.  To Lengthen.  Focus on that.  We are not promised to live a certain number of years.  We are not told that we will see our great-great-grandchildren.  We are each allotted a specific number of years on this earth.  Following wisdom’s path could make those years longer.  How?  These words can protect you from the danger lurking around us.

How about the prosperity part?  I could use a couple of extra bucks.  And from what this verse is saying, I could get a few million.  Not bad for listening to wisdom.  Let’s end the sarcasm there.  What does prosperity mean?  In our world we have defined it as having loads and loads of money and possessions.  But it could be defined as simply being successful.  Okay, we have taken this word, too, and applied that same meaning.  But do you really have to be rich to be successful?  I feel successful when I take my kids out in public and I’m complimented on how well they behave.  I feel successful when teaching a class and you see the light of understanding in their eyes.  I feel successful when I can actually understand what my husband is talking about when he starts off on politics.  There are others ways to be successful and prosperous.

Think on that this week.  Write down throughout the next few days what exactly others could say that you are successful at.  You might be surprised.  I know I was.