Proverbs 7: 1-5,
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
Proverbs 7 is the “Strange Woman” chapter. Verses 5-27 detail what this strange woman is like. It describes her behavior as being loud and stubborn, and spending her time not keeping her home, but walking the streets and tempting foolish young men. The last verse says that her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
None of that has to happen, though. Verses one through five are clear instructions for how to avoid the strange woman. In a short statement: Obey God’s law. That’s it. No twelve-step programs, no lengthy counseling sessions. Simply obey God’s Word.
Of course, if you’re going to obey God’s Word, you have to know God’s Word. It needs to be a part of your daily walk. We are to keep it as the “apple” of our eyes.
That’s an interesting phrase, “apple of the eye.” It means something that is cherished with the greatest regard. It originally referred to the pupil of the eye, which was supposed to have been a globular solid body, much like an apple. As precious as this part of the eye is to seeing, and as all objects are beheld through this aperture, the expression means something very precious.
Is God’s Word precious to you? To all of us who call ourselves Christians? How much of our thinking is influenced by His Word? Are our lives truly founded in Him, and in His Words?
Psalm 119: 11. “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
Psalm 119: 105. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Let it be so.