Lord, in Pr. 4, I hear the words of a father, pleading for his son to hear and follow his wise commands. Solomon implores his son to hear him, pay attention, receive his sayings. He longs to spare his son heartache and the consequences that bad choices bring. He tells his son not to forget, nor turn away from the words of his mouth. As parents, we all long for the same. Having wisdom beyond our children’s years, we long to guide and protect our children. We want our children to be wise, to be honored, and to keep their eyes on You. We hope to impart the wisdom behind our rules and instructions, knowing they will lead our children in right paths.
Likewise, Lord, You have given us Your own Word. You have imparted unto us wise commands. Ps. 119:17-19 says, “Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me.”
Just as a young toddler would be considered a stranger on the earth, not yet understanding the dangers, the consequences, or the long-term effects, so we are strangers here on this earth. Lord, You alone know what today brings. You are our Father, guiding and protecting us each step of this journey. Just as we ‘toddle’ behind a young one beginning to walk, You are ever behind us, ready to steady us when we fall. You have gone before us, clearing the path so that we will not stumble. You are there guiding us with encouragement, love, and comfort as we find the courage to continue on.
Lord, You are a loving Father, who has given us Your Word, Your instructions on how to live here on this earth. You are ever with us. Help us see the wondrous things in Your law, to receive Your words, to pay attention as You lovingly guide and protect us.
Thank You, Lord, for loving me so much that You not only sent Your Son to die in my place, but You gave me Your commandments that I might live abundantly. Help me, Lord, to heed Your word, as I toddle through my day. You are gracious and kind. Your love and attention make me feel safe.
I love you, Lord.