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Proverbs 4:22 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
22 For they are life to him who finds them,
and a healing to all his flesh.
For they are life to him who finds them: Again, here them is referring to the words and the sayings, that is, the teachings of the Father. The Hebrew (מוֹצָא motsa or מֹצָא motsa) find (discover, uncover) has the sense of discovering something by searching for it.
And a healing to all his flesh: Here his is referring to all who find the teachings of the Father. His flesh both narrowly and broadly refers to the person’s body and his wellbeing as a whole (mental, moral, and physical well-being), respectively.
We need to make much of the Word of God because it will be food and, to us, like the tree of life. (Rev 22:2; Eze 47:12) We seek out the Scripture daily, finding them pleasurable to our hearts so that we will keep them in times of trouble. When one becomes a Christian, their spiritual life begins as the Word of God convicts them, so this same Word needs to nourish them for life, maintaining and growing that spirituality. No true servant of God can survive without the daily nutrition of the Word of God. It is by faith that they live upon the Word of God. The Word is healing to all our flesh, entire bodies, and inner persons, which will steady us firing difficult times. In the word of God, there is a suitable treatment for all our spiritual illnesses.
Solomon is closing this message out, and he needs to get their undivided attention one last time. They need to be actively listening to his every word. Again, he promises life and good health to those that heed the words and sayings. Yes, this section refers to Solomon and his son but, in the end, it on a larger scale refers to the Father and all the believers who heed his words and his says, namely, his teachings.
You can never go wrong by obeying the Father. He instructs and counsels you through his Word for your best interests and for the improvement of your life now and, eventually, your eternal life. Do not be like some who get an exaggerated opinion of their own wisdom when they gain a little knowledge. You should never foolishly think you are wiser than God and can direct your lives better than the Father, your Creator. He is infinitely wiser than could ever be imagined. While the world foolishly rejects his wisdom, you should not follow in its folly. The wickedness that you see in the world today is evidence of that foolishness. Your best teacher is the Father; so, respect his words and sayings. If somehow you have gotten off course, find your way back. How? Begin at minimum a 30-minute personal Bible study for each day. Attend all Christian meetings regularly and consistently. If you know what is being studied at the Christian meetings ahead of time, prepare for it by first studying the material at home. Share your faith whenever the opportunity presents itself. Improve your prayer life. God wants to hear from you, not with many words, but heartfelt communication between Father and child.
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