Keeping it Close

By: Steve Negley

Posted: January 25, 2017

Category: Daily Devotional

The first few chapters of Proverbs are a continual reminder to gain, hold, and follow wisdom. Chapter 7 is going to give some very pointed advice on a very serious subject, and it starts with a reminder to keep wisdom close.

My child, keep my words
and store up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live,
keep my teachings as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 7:1-3

How close should we keep God’s word? We would do well to make it the apple of our eyes. (We want to get close to things that are that desirable.) We need to keep reminders of God’s advice tied like a string on our fingers. (And that may just help to keep our hands out of trouble.) And we need to write God’s word on the tablets of our hearts. (There’s no better place for an inscription of love and care.)


God, our Maker, help us to use every inch of who we are, eyes, hands, and hearts, as instruments of Your Word, Your Work, and Your Will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.