My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
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.
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.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
by: Richard Crouch.
The best times in my life have been when I listened to God and sought to do his will. This passage explains what I’ve experienced. If you put complete trust in God, you’ll feel better, you’ll be more successful, and you won’t get lost along the way.
My kids don’t like to be punished, but they disobey me anyway. They lean on their own understanding and get spanked or put in time-out. Over their cries of how miserable their lives are, I try to explain to them how much better their lives would be if they just listened to me. When God has me turned over his knee with a wooden spoon in his hand, he tells me the same thing.