Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4
As I read over this chapter in Proverbs, a recurring theme of attitude jumped out at me. The truly amazing part to me is that even though this book was written centuries, even millennia ago, it is still relevant and true in today’s world. Our attitudes determine where we are in life and our quality of life. You could be the wealthiest person in the world, but with the wrong heart and attitude be the most miserable. In contrast, you could be the poorest person in the financial world, but have the most joy simply because of your outlook in life.
Below is a list of attitudes that are pointed out in this proverb and the benefits that come as a result of the attitude. As you read each one consider where your attitude is and also if the results are evident in your everyday life. Also consider areas where you can improve because there is always room for improvement.
Verse 1 – An attitude of obedience/submission Verse 2 – the result = many years of peace and prosperity.
Verse 3 – An attitude of compassion and honesty Verse 4 – the result = A good reputation and favor with God and man
Verse 5 – An attitude of trusting the LORD Verse 6 – the result = be on God’s plan and path for your life
Verse 7 – An attitude of humility, not pride Verse 8 – the result = healthy flesh and strong bones
Verse 9 – An attitude of honoring God Verse 10 – the results = plenty and abundance of resources
Verse 11 – A teachable attitude Verse 12-16 – the result = happy, understanding, long life, honored, pleasantness
Verse 21 – An attitude of discretion Verse 22 – the result = grace, safety, no fear, sweet sleep
Verse 27-31 – An attitude of giving Verse 32-33 – the result = receive God’s secret counsel and a blessed home
Going through this list reminded me of how God’s Word is so timeless. Although these attitudes are not popular in today’s society, they will always produce true success. These are the God’s attitudes and although this is not a complete list, God’s heart and attitude are what makes us different from the rest of the world. We have the answers that can be clearly seen in our attitude.
Today I want to encourage you to live by the attitudes in this chapter and the whole book for that matter. Obedience, submission, compassion, honesty, trust, humility, honor, be teachable, discretion and giving. Your success in life depends on them. As you line up your heart and life with these attributes, you will notice a change in those around you. The negative influence of the world will lose its pull on you because you have made the decision to live your life in the success of God’s attitudes and ways. Your influence with those around you will become stronger and before you know it you will be helping others to find success in adjusting their attitude too.
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 3