Solomon - “My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.” (Proverbs 3:1-2)
In the scripture above, Solomon is speaking as a father, hoping to teach his son how to live a satisfying life. This is what every good parent desires for his children. This is also what our Heavenly Father wants for us as His children. He wants us to experience the best of life. Some people confuse the best life of the Lord with what some call “living the good life,” which is characterized by (1) looking good (2) feeling good (3) having the goods (4) finding someone good or (5) doing good.
Many people in their pursuit of the good life are focused on “looking good.” That’s why we have so many clothing stores, cosmetic enhancements, fitness centers, and tanning salons. We all want to look good and feel younger. Many people in their pursuit of the good life are focused on “feeling good.” That’s why they are constantly using drugs or alcohol, pursuing sexual pleasures, or playing video games non-stop. They’re focused on feeling good. And then others, in their pursuit of the good life are focused on “having the goods.” That’s why they focus so much of their time and energy on making money or having possessions. Many of us may think the good life comes from looking good, feeling good, or having the goods, but as we discover from Proverbs 3, the good life for the Christian occurs when we have the supernatural direction, provision, protection, joy, and peace of the Lord in our lives (Proverbs 3:1-10).
In Proverbs 3, Solomon is almost begging his son to listen to and learn from his words. He says, “My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying” (Proverbs 3:1-2). He’s conveying that if his son will learn and implement these principles, good things are bound to happen. First, “God will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:6). Second, “You will have healing for your body and strength for your bones” (Proverbs 3:8). Third, “He (God) will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine” (Proverbs 3:10). Fourth, “You will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation” (Proverbs 3:4). And fifth, “You will live many years, and your life will be satisfying” (Proverbs 3:1-2). If we want to have those blessings in our lives today, we should learn the principles Solomon taught his son so many years ago. We’ll continue to study them throughout this week’s devotions.
Followup Activity - In preparing for this week of devotions, read Proverbs 3:1-10 multiple times today. Try your best to internalize the meanings of each verse. If you’re leading your family through this devotion, read through Proverbs 3:1-10 as a family and then discuss the Proverbs that stand out to each of your family members.
Prayer for Today - Lord, help me to learn and obey Your commands so I might live a satisfying life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.