I used to be annoyed with proverbs, because they seemed too much like “rules” to me. However, recently, they are one of the books I read most. I especially enjoy reading them in the Message version of the Bible.(I know…blasphemy ;))
Something unique about Proverbs is that I feel like even a non-christian could read them and find them helpful and applicable in their life. Maybe that’s not true, who knows. I just see the practical wisdom in them being so relevant for all people.
Anyways, I want to share what I read in Proverbs today that really hit home for my life personally…in a painful, but beautiful way. I don’t really feel like expanding on it, so will just let the verses speak for themselves. I’d love to hear what you think or what stands out to you if you feel so inclined to share. I’m going to share from the message version, but encourage you to look it up in others, too. For me, this version is perhaps more emotional and artistic, which speaks to my heart. :)
Proverbs 4:20-27 The Message (MSG)
Learn It by Heart
20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words;
tune your ears to my voice.
Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
Those who discover these words live, really live;
body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust.