“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh” [Proverbs 4:20-22]
With every command there is a promise and with the promise comes a condition. The promise here is ‘life and health for the whole person’. So let’s look at the rest of the command which is not just attend to my word but – incline thine ear to my sayings. Other translations say, pay attention or listen closely.
Years ago I received training in communications and an important part was ‘listening’. The instructor shared that in viewing your listening audience you will invariably notice that many participants will have their heads titled just slightly to one side. This, he said, was a sign they were listening. True or not, to incline means to lower just a little, to move closer to the one speaking it becomes an intentional act of listening. The result of such intention allows the word spoken to become spiritual eyesight and enter into your heart as a living word!
Herein is God’s prescription, when taken on a daily basis it brings life and health to the whole body. Jesus said, “I sent my word to heal all your diseases”. Not some of them, but all of them, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Our journey with Him unfolds as the word becomes a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Further Reading: Psalm 119:105; Psalm 107:20; 1 Peter 2:24; Acts 14:8-10