Don’t Forget-Straight Paths

"Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. "  ~~~ Proverbs 3:1-2:

I love Proverbs 3 especially verses 5-6.  They are highlighted and underlined in my study Bible and on electronic Bible on my phone.  I can quote this scripture and have heard several sermons preached on the this text alone: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. (or direct your paths for those of us KJV Sunday School students)

I found out that there is so much in this entire chapter before and after we get to those favorite verses of mine.   To live wiser I must not forget what I’ve  been taught.  Most of us don’t forget how to drive a car, ride a bike, make a cake, or tie our shoes once we’ve been taught.  Even if we haven’t done them in a while, we don’t forget how to do them.  The Word says don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments in verse 1 of Proverbs 3.   Sometimes I forget what I’ve been taught in God’s word.  I forget to pray for others, I forget to read the Bible, I forget to call someone who’s sick or grieving.  I even forget that God said I will never leave you, I forget that God said I am with you always, I forget that God loves me and gave His only Son for me.  Oh how foolish I can be when I forget about the benefits of knowing Christ and following Him. I can’t live wiser when I  forget.  I must remember to  hold on to God’s promises as I’ve been taught. I start fresh, with a simple prayer, a few minutes of quiet time with God and it’s just like riding a bike for the first time. I keep steering, keep pedaling, I may have to keep trying to do it over but I must keep going because straight paths don’t come without remembering what I’ve been taught.

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