My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:20-27 (NIV)
That is what I will do, without a doubt. What will you do without a doubt? I will pay attention to you. I will listen closely to your words. I will treasure everything that you have taught me. I will hear and obey you. I will guard my heart and mind. I will be very careful about the words that I allow to come out of my mouth. I will focus my heart and mind and life on you. You will have my full-hearted devotion. I will live the life that you are calling me to live. Why will I have your full-hearted devotion? I will follow and obey you because I love you. It would be foolish and impossible to believe that I loved you if I was unwilling to follow and obey. The desire of my heart is to love, follow and obey you. It my joy to do what you ask of me. That is very good.
Will you be alone in your effort to follow and obey me? I’m not sure what you mean by that question. Will I help you to follow and obey me? Does your following and obeying me rest on your own strength alone? Certainly not, I would have no hope of living a life that is devoted to you without your help. I am weak. I am prone to wonder. I am susceptible to temptation. You will help me to follow and obey you. You will guard and guide me as I follow you. You will sustain and strengthen me as I follow you. How will I keep you on course? How will I guard, guide, sustain and strengthen you? You will lead me. You will teach me. You will train me. How so? You will use your word to speak into my life. You will use your word to change my heart. You will use your word to transform my mind. Your word will make me able to resist temptation. Your word will make me able to stand against evil. As I remain in you and your words remain in me, I will live the life that you are calling me to live. I will not wander off. I will stay on course. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Yes, you will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will pay attention to what you have taught me. I will not forget or fail to pay attention to you. I will guard my mouth from saying and eyes from seeing what is not helpful. I will fix my heart, mind and life on you. Use your word to keep me on course. Amen
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