Sunday, July 05, 2009

Light of the Eyes

30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones.
31 The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 15:30-33, English Standard Version

Light of the Eyes

Often, in the book of Proverbs, the verses of proverbs do not seem to be related to one another. That is not the case in Proverbs 15. Beginning with verse 29, one thought seems to continue and then expand, all the way to verse 33. Verse 29 tells us, The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. The following verses then deal with the righteous.

As I read verse 30, I wondered, what causes the light of the eyes, and what is the good news that refreshes the bones? I think the explanation is found in the last three verses of Proverbs 15. Look at the commendations given to the righteous.

*Their ears listen to life-giving reproof causing them to dwell among the wise.
*They do not ignore instruction, but rather listen to reproof and gain intelligence.

Then, verse 33 sums it all up.

The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

So, where does the light of the eyes come from? Those who fear the Lord by listening to life-giving reproof and not ignoring instruction, display the light of the eyes.

This is so simple, and yet so profound. We run everywhere seeking happiness, peace, and contentment, and yet it will never be found without the fear of the LORD. I challenge you this day to walk before the Lord your God in wisdom and humility.

God Bless You,

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