When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Wisdom is a most valuable guide, protector, and friend, both day and night. Reader, have you bound it on your heart and tied it about your neck (Pr 6:21)? Have you remembered and obeyed the good advice and rules you received from your parents (Pr 6:20)?
As you proceed through life, wisdom will direct your choices. As you sleep in bed, it will comfort your soul, keep your thoughts right, and protect you from evil spirits. When you begin each day, wisdom will be your friend and counselor in facing the day’s events.
The singular pronoun “it” refers to the law of God as taught by godly parents (Pr 6:20-21). If parents train and teach their children correctly, the father’s commandment and the mother’s law, though plural nouns from two different parties, is one body of wisdom and truth – the law of God. It is the nurture and admonition of the Lord – the singular doctrine of God (Deut 12:32; Josh 1:7-9; Eph 6:4). Parents, unite today on God’s word.
Can wisdom lead you through life? Yes! Wisdom is the power of right judgment – the ability to analyze a situation and know what to do. Life has many choices and decisions, many of which have serious consequences and are presented deceitfully by the world. You cannot even trust your own heart (Jer 17:9). When you are about to turn out of the way, wisdom will say, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Is 30:21). Wisdom will guide you in making the decisions that destroy many (Pr 4:5-9; 8:1-21; 22:3; Eccl 10:10).
Can wisdom keep you, when you sleep at night? Yes! Wisdom will deliver you from fear and guilt to sleep peacefully (Pr 3:24; Ps 41:1-4). Wisdom can teach you in the night (Job 33:14-18; Ps 63:6). Wisdom will keep you from earning God’s chastening or fainting under it (Pr 3:11-12; Ps 32:1-5). Wisdom will protect you from the fears that plague others (Ps 34:7; Is 26:3-4). Wisdom will keep you from overworking and worrying about things that God will do for you (Ps 127:1-2; Phil 4:6-7). Lay hold of wisdom today.
Can wisdom talk with you, when you awake? Yes! Wisdom is the knowledge of God and His will for your life. When you awake to the challenges, opportunities, and fears of a day, you will have a gentle companion to reassure you and direct you. Instead of being intimidated and overwhelmed, you can be courageous and excited. Instead of being hopeless as others, you can rejoice in the future. Wisdom will give you confidence and strength to live joyfully and victoriously (Pr 14:26; 21:22; 28:1; Ps 104:34; Rom 15:13).
Get wisdom! Where? It is freely offered in the fear of the Lord and the Bible (Pr 9:10; Ps 19:7). Parents, teach it to your children. Children, learn it from your parents. Parents and children, love the preaching of it (Jer 3:15; Mal 2:7; Acts 10:33; Col 1:28; I Thess 5:20). Join an old-fashioned church following the apostles in doctrine and practice, there you will hear and learn the wisdom of God from His word by His ministers (Jer 3:15; 6:16).
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