“How does this apply to my life?” It’s the question of the day when it comes to the Bible. But is it the right question? While Proverbs offer insanely practical wisdom, like “don’t talk a lot,” they approach such wisdom from a much deeper level.
The Proverbs cry out for application of the deepest type, the application of the heart. It’s not about applying scripture to your life. It’s about the total application of one’s heart to Wisdom.
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. v.12
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. v.19
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. v.26
How do I apply my heart to Wisdom? It comes through cultivating the capacity to behold, to focus one’s complete attention. It comes through learning to see the unseen.
Consider this word from Oswald Chambers from January 23.
The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let everything else – work, clothes, food, everything on earth – go by the board, saving that one thing. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. We have to maintain ourselves in the place of beholding, keeping the life absolutely spiritual all through. . . . Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian’s life is to learn how to keep “beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord.”
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18