The Apple of Your Eye
Wednesday - October 7th
Scripture to Read Today: Proverbs 7:1-27
My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Our English Bibles use the phrase "the apple of my eye" about a half a dozen times (depending on which version). An old English figure of speech dating back to the ninth century, this phrase speaks of the pupil of the eye. The pupil was considered the center or focal point of vision and even the center of someone's soul or heart. So, the English idiom "the apple of my eye" came to mean something deeply cherished or valued.
Of course, the English idiom does not appear in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament or the Greek Text of the New Testament. In the Hebrew text of Proverbs 7:2, this phrase literally means "the little person in your eye." At first blush, this has an odd ring to it as well. The thought behind the Hebrew text is similar to the English translation "the apple of my eye." Whoever is seen in the reflection of the pupil of your eye is close to you. They are so close that they are someone you love and value. What a sweet concept! The person or thing reflected in the pupil of your eye means something to you, deeply.
Proverbs 7:2 suggests that a father's wisdom and teaching poured into a son should be deeply and personally valued by that son. Wisdom should be the "apple of the eye" or "the little person in the center of the pupil" of a young man who wants to succeed in life. The application goes far beyond a father's instruction to a son. All of us should embrace and value wisdom - especially wisdom from God.
What is at the center or pupil of your eye? What do you value and cherish deeply? Is God's Word or His wisdom the apple--the little person--of your eye?
Once wisdom has that special place of value in our lives, Proverbs 7:2 exhorts us to guard it. Keep it there. Don't let anything else get in the way of the wisdom of God being your top priority and the center of your focus!
Take the instruction a father gives to a son. Prioritize wisdom. Keep it close to you, and don't let it go!