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Solomon taught his children to follow instructions because they mean life. He did so because he was purposefully committed to passing the wisdom of his father down from generation to generation. Remember King David was a man after God's own heart, who loved God and followed His ways.

Reference: Proverbs 4:13 New American Standard Bible

"Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life."

We are to take hold of divine instructions and guard her because she is the key to life. "Guard her" indicates that there's a heart attitude towards protecting instructions. In other words, an instruction can take flight or slip away from your heart, if not properly guarded. For instance, the Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 (BSB), "Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life." This also implies that divine instructions must be kept and guarded in the midst of the heart.

In life, there are so many things that can interfere or mix up with divine instructions, until the voice of the information it dictates or conveys fades away from your heart. Some situations such as walking in the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, or sitting in the seat of the scornful, can diminish the importance of divine instructions according to Psalm 1:1. Even when you are functioning within the right circle, taking hold of divine instruction and not letting go of it protects you from falling victim to substitute instructions and advices that actually seem great and godly but aren't God's will for you.

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NLT) reads, "My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." This is exactly the same message communicated in our referenced Scripture, which reads: "Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life." Although some translations used the pronoun "it", in the Hebrew text analysis, the more precise rendering is the pronoun "She".

In this context, the wisdom of instruction (she) denotes fruitfulness. Instructions give birth, bring forth, or yield results. In other words, divine instructions are not barren. They give birth to significant results when acted upon. An authority is stationed to give instructions and the Word of God is the supreme authority. It's in fact, the greatest and most reliable authority. And as Christians, we must develop undisputed regard for divine authority because its eternal. It's not just because its our responsibility to do so, there are guaranteed results in acting on the laws and ordinances of the greatest authority - the Word of God.

Following divine instructions is loving wisdom. Divine instructions can come in written or verbal form, but the purpose is always similar or the same. The written form is the Logos while the verbal form is the Rhema. The verbal form can also be expressed through preaching, teaching and offering godly training and advice. All of these forms are instructions sourced from the treasury of Scriptural wisdom (2 Timothy 3:16-17 BLB). Moreover, in attaining spiritual progress, the biggest challenge is ignoring divine instructions, not the ability to hear and receive them. Therefore, we must ensure that divine instructions are heart focused and followed when we receive them.

Sometimes divine instructions are not realistic and so they make zero sense to the natural mind. However they come from a firm foundation, having relational link to God, whose deepest desire is to give us the best in life (see Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). It's like when God instructed Abraham to leave his native country, his relatives, and his father’s family to an unknown land without any description and road map. It didn't seem fair and reasonable but it paid off in the long run. Likewise, when we're given divine instructions, we must trust the hidden mind of God behind the instructions because they're always result-assured over time. For the Christian, things don't just happen the way God designed them to be, unless we follow or act on His instructions. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 32:8; Jeremiah 3:15; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 12:16; John 16:13.

Exuberant Declaration:

I serve an awesome God who gives assurance of lasting results and great rewards as I follow the guidance of His Spirit. I thank God for the wisdom of divine instructions, which I receive from the Word of grace and I'm grateful for the ability to act on them, enjoy the benefits and continually fulfil His will for my life. Hallelujah!


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