“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” -Proverbs 3:4-3 ESV
Steadfast love and faithfulness can be summarized by a heart that consistently and lovingly clings to truth. Jesus is the picture perfect model of this, but a visual example of this for our family is my dear sweet wife. Almost daily, my children have seen her display steadfast love and faithfulness. She consistently and lovingly clings to the truth, teaches the truth, and hangs her expectations up on the clothesline of truth. She sits in her recliner before the kids wake in the morning and binds the truth around her neck; she writes it on the tablet of her heart.
Because she has done this each and every morning for years, she has found favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Success here simply means discretion, knowledge, prudence, wisdom, insight, or understanding. These qualities are not innate (or natural) to any of us. And so we are called to daily bind, and daily write our Lord’s Word upon our heart. If we do not, we will soon find that we have drifted out to sea and forsaken the shoreline and anchor point of life.
- Do not let steadfast love and faithfulness forsake me
- Bind steadfast love and faithfulness around my neck
- Write steadfast love and faithfulness on the tablet of my heart
- If I bind steadfast love and faithfulness on the tablet of my heart; if I don’t let them forsake me; if I bind them around my neck; I will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
- If I want to find favor and good success with God and man, I must bind myself to steadfast love and faithfulness. Steadfast love and faithfulness can be summarized by consistently and loving truthfulness, or merciful truth.
- Steadfast love and faithfulness will have a tendency to forsake me, I must act against that tendency.