Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs 3:3 NKJV
We are studying Proverbs.
Yesterday was chapter 3.
Definitely one full of application.
Something stood out that I’d not noticed before.
…Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs 3:3b NKJV
The word tablet is a specific type of medium used to record information.
But a tablet isn’t like paper.
To write upon a tablet you must engrave it.
Not only is this much more time consuming than pencil on paper, it is much more permanent.
Tablets have been found for centuries which have taught us much about ancient cultures.
Thus to engrave mercy and truth upon the tablet of the heart is to speak of a purposeful lasting mark.
Something which doesn’t erase with ease.
Instead, it leaves a deep change upon the heart.
Choosing to carefully, with effort and patience, engrave God’s Word into our hearts is to chisel mercy and truth upon our character.
It’s not going to be a quick half hour job.
Nor will it be easy.
Yet, the rewards of such efforts is truly worthwhile.
And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:4 NKJV
To be held in favor and high esteem by God is a worthy goal.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, please help me to engrave Your Word upon my heart. Help me to encourage others to cherish Your Word in the same way. Lord Jesus, please help me to live purposefully, redeeming the time. Please continue to teach me Your mercy and truth, that my character might be a reflection of Yours. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.