The WORDS we hear, receive and speak are tied to life or death.
The WORDS we hear, receive and are tied to us receiving or not receiving wisdom.
Proverbs 4:3-4 ESV When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, (4) he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
Proverbs 4:5-9 ESV Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. (6) Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. (7) The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. (8) Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. (9) She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
Proverbs 4:10 ESV Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.
in Prov.4:3-10 we see how life and wisdom are both intertwined with WORDS. In this case we are speaking about the Word of God and His commands.
Get wisdom, Get the Word, and Get understanding, and don't forsake it. The Word of God is the way for us to get wisdom and understanding.
We live in a day when Christians go after many things with a passion. Many live for their next religious experience, or anointing, or healing, or etc. etc. etc. I am not saying these things are wrong in themselves, but the Word tells us what to seek first before we seek after gifts, anointings, or other spiritual experiences. We are to seek to get wisdom and with all our getting or seeking we should go after understanding or insight. (See Pro. 4:7).
When we get wisdom and understanding we will have the reward that goes with them (See Pro. 4:8-10).
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.