Don’t Be Tied Up by Anything, Except the Bible
In every old jungle adventure show there is a scene where one of the companions of the hero is bumbling along through the woods giving no thought to where he steps and suddenly the net springs up, lifting him into the air and he is caught up in a trap. Traps are easy to fall into if we are not looking.
We can fall into traps with careless words. We can fall into traps through patterns of laziness or spending beyond our means. We can become ensnared by deceitfulness or with putting ourselves in situations where you might be drawn to lust after someone other than your spouse.
It doesn’t take much to fall into a trap, but it can cause great amounts of pain and hardship. This is the message of Proverbs 6.
Instead of being tied up with all the traps our thoughtlessness leads us into, verses 20-23 says,
Proverbs 6:20–23 (ESV) — 20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
How do we avoid being tied down by the things that tie so many down? The father’s commandment and the mother’s teaching are scripture, as we have seen. So, the young man is told to continually bind God’s Word around his heart and to place reminders around himself and on himself. When he walks in the commandments of God’s Word, it leads him into wise living, watches over him when he is sleeping and speaks to him as he continues through his life.
If we bind our hearts and light our steps with the Word of God, we will avoid so many traps and troubles we encounter in this life. God’s Word is for your good. Read it. Ponder it. Obey it. Walk in joy.