Proverbs 3: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

Marty Orcurto

Proverbs 3:3-4

A few years ago, I was tasked with laying off over 200 employees . . . “Lord, how am I going to do this? What will I say?” then I read Proverbs chapter 3. Verse 3 jumped off the page – “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (NASB) Kindness and truth were the answer!

This chapter is a continuation of Solomon’s appeal for his sons to heed the life lessons he has learned. He provides two sets of instructions (vss. 1-12 and vss. 21-35) which bookend a hymn on the virtues of wisdom (13-20). These instructions build on each other and are all worthy of our attention, but we will focus on one command (v 3) and its result (v 4).

Kindness reminds us that our attitude is a choice and this choice is made easier when it is born out of a humble heart rightly understanding our position before God. Kindness is seeing others first and not through my own self-centered eyes but through God’s loving eyes (Titus 3:4-7). Truth is speaking what we know to be true – not the world’s shifting truth, nor a half-truth to appease the moment. This may be hard, but it is possible through a heart grounded in real truth which is God’s Word (Josh 1:7-8). These two virtues go hand in hand and are to be treasured and protected – bound around your neck like a precious jewel or written on the tablet of your heart – meditated on so that your heart is so saturated with a God-centered humbleness grounded in His truth it spills over in a right attitude and actions.

Verse 4 is the result of choosing Godly kindness and truth. You will find favor and a good and faithful reputation first in God’s eyes and then in man’s eyes – notice the order. . . we must fearfully obey the commands of our eternal Father and not fear the temporary response of man.

Remember that what comes out of your mouth proceeds from the attitude of your heart (Mt. 15:11).  Pray that God might open your eyes so that you see others through God’s eyes and not through your own. Determine to be truthful in your words today. Reflect on these verses as you interact with others – may Godly kindness and truth be your reputation today.

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