Walking In Wisdom: Love & Faithfulness
Welcome to the second post of our Walking in Wisdom series, where we'll be journeying through the book of Proverbs together. This morning Katrina encourages us to take hold of love and faithfulness and let them become part of our clothing, so that we might display the Father's glory to others. Love, Nadia x
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.
I’ve known people to tie all sorts of things around their necks to make sure they don’t lose them. More often than not, it is their most prized possessions; keys, wedding rings and the like. It’s a really good place to keep things you’d rather not lose.
As for tablets, we’re not talking about iPads here. Biblical tablets are massive slabs of stone on which words could be etched or engraved. The information written on them was not something that could be easily wiped away or deleted, it was important enough to be written down and to stay that way. This is exactly the reason the 10 commandments were written on tablets.
This Proverb says that we should keep love and faithfulness so close to us that they are bound around our neck and irreversibly etched onto our hearts.
We should embrace and value these character qualities in such a way that they are with us forever. By doing so we are drawing ourselves closer to God and sharing Jesus’ love by investing in the people around us.
I recently listened to a talk on Genesis 48:15 (bear with me - I promise this will make it back to Proverbs!). Contextually, this is part of Genesis just before Jacob is about to die. He blesses his son, Joseph and proclaims:
‘God has been my shepherd all my life, to this day.’
The speaker recounted a time when he had asked his older Christian mentor something he could be praying for him. Whenever anyone asks me this question I tend to panic and scrabble around for something to give in response! Particularly if life is going pretty smoothly, sometimes it feels like there’s nothing obvious I could need prayer for. The response of this mentor astounded me...
‘I’d like you to pray I’d be a Christian today, tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that and until the end of my life.’
Initially, I thought this to be a totally bizarre response but on reflection I see he is asking his friend to pray into these verses from Proverbs.
By praying to be a Christian our whole life, we are praying that love and faithfulness will never leave us. We are praying that God will help us to renew our commitment to him everyday so that we can draw closer to Him and share His love with those around us. We are praying that we can stand at Jesus’ throne in heaven and proclaim ‘God has been my shepherd all my life, to this day.’
The next time someone asks you what they can be praying for you, make these amazing Proverbs your prayer: that we'd walk with God in love and faithfulness for all the days of our lives.
Katrina is a Sports student studying at Durham University, and is involved with King's Church. She works on the More Precious Team coordinating Faith Played Out. Katrina is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God