4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

I love this passioned plea of a father to his son. “Take hold of my words with all your heart.” It is hard to watch your children make mistakes that were avoidable. It is hard to see them ignore your counsel and make poor choices. Imagine what God must feel as we make mistake after mistake. God, who knows everything perfectly, but won’t make our decisions for us. The all powerful God, our Father, watches His children go against His wishes. Oh, how it must sadden and hurt Him.

I have often times forgotten, or chose to ignore, God’s words to me. I have made bad decisions and felt the consequences of my actions. I sit here tonight and think, why? Why would I go against someone who loves me that much? Why would I ignore the pleadings of a loving, merciful, tender, compassionate Father?

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Rom. 7:18-19. In my flesh there is nothing good. I am incapable of doing good, of obeying God, in my flesh. As long as I carry about this flesh I will continue to struggle.

Lord, I cling to your Word. I make it my bread, my sustenance, each day. Help me to listen to the spirit, to walk in the spirit, to live by the spirit, and thus reject the longings of my flesh. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”