GAINWISDOM_DAY 4 | Its Time to Build a Wall
“Take hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her well, for she is your life.”
When my first niece Hayley was born (I call her Hayley Bailey) I was so excited to go visit my sister and brother-in-law in Nebraska, unfortunately I had to wait an entire week before I could leave my home in Oklahoma. But when the day arrived and I held Hayley in my arms for the first time, I was filled with such joy and love for this little person. I was one overwhelmingly happy uncle. And little Hayley was so kind to her uncle. For all the hours I held her that first weekend, not once did she pee, poop, spit up, vomit. Talk about lucky!
But remembering those first days holding her, I wanted to see if she was able to grasp my finger. I put my giant finger in her tiny hand and slowly she wrapped her small hand around my finger, holding on for just a few moments. Even though she had her fingers around mine and was “holding on”, she didn’t have a firm grasp at all on my finger.
In Proverbs 4:13, Solomon says to “hold on to instruction”. We can easily interpret this to have a firm grasp, an understanding of God’s instruction, but if we did we would be misguided. The phrase used here, “take hold”, comes from the root Hebrew word chazaq, which is a verb meaning “to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be firm”. A better understanding of chazaq in this instance is “to make strong, to make firm, to contain, to retain”. Also, I think it is important to point out the use of instruction comes from the root Hebrew word muwcar, meaning “discipline, chastening, correction”.
So what is really being said here by Solomon in Proverbs 4:13? Are you ready? I am about to sum it up really quick…medieval style.
Take correction and discipline, contain and retain them by a fortress wall, make that wall strong, reinforce the wall to make it even stronger and then place guards around the parameter not allowing anything to alter or destroy your obedience to God.