“But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
Do you struggle with fear? When there is something you cannot control, do you find your mind wandering down paths that keep you awake at night, worrying about what may or may not happen? Dwelling on the “but what if” things in life?
The prelude to this verse, all of the first chapter of Proverbs, speaks of the importance of learning wisdom; of paying attention to spiritually mature people; of avoiding foolish people who tempt us into doing that which is evil.
God tells us that He has called us to wisdom, but we have refused it in favor of satisfying self. Then, when we are in trouble because of our own sinful choices, He will not hear our begging and pleading. He speaks of scorners and fools who laugh in derision at God’s Word, and will not hear His pleading.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
This entire chapter is full of counsel that, if we would only hear and follow it, will preserve us from the consequences of rebellion and rejection of God. I like the picture in verses 8-9. The words of godly parents, when we heed them, are ornaments of grace for the head, and precious chains around our necks.
Perhaps you didn’t have godly parents. Perhaps you never heard about Jesus, never looked at a Bible until you were grown. That’s sad, but it is never too late to begin to study God’s Word. It is never too late to gain the wisdom that comes with obedience to God. It is never too late to enjoy, even in difficult times, the blessing of the knowledge that “The eternal God is thy refuge; and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27).