Lesson 11

Proverbs 3:3 says:

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (NIV)

Do you a feeling that this is something important? “Bind them around your neck” – keep them with you at all times. They must be that important. I remember in college that we would put our ID’s around our necks so that we wouldn’t lose them. They would be readily accessible. If you put love and faithfulness in a place in your life where they are always at hand, where they are always easy to get, where they are always with you then you have accomplished something very few people have done – mainly because they haven’t had the desire enough to do it.

“Write them on the tablet of your heart” continues that same thought and implication. This is important. It is extremely important. So as a student of wisdom, sit up and take notice. Take notes. This will be on the test.

Love and faithfulness require you to be active. They are not passive. You need to actively love and actively show your faithfulness. The more you act on them and make them a part of your life the more ingrained in your life, the more secure around your neck, the deeper the writing on your heart. Practice makes permanent.

King Solomon continues in verse 4 by saying

Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. (NIV)

Anyone who has these qualities active in their life will stand out. Look at the world today. How could they not? They are so rare (sadly) that you could not help but draw attention to those qualities. You’ll get your fellow man’s attention and the attention of God.

Do you still feel that taking wisdom to heart is not worth your time? According to everything we have read, this is very important. Because of this, we’ll continue. What do we have to lose to learn more about this unique quality? Come on.