My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart (Proverbs 3:1).
A better translation of this verse would be like this: My son, keep on not forgetting my teaching, but keep on keeping my commands in your heart.
Or, as Jesus said it, “My Father is always working, and so am I” (John 5:17).
It’s a continuous action. We don’t make a one-time commitment and then coast through the rest of our life. To help us with this, in the third chapter of Proverbs, Solomon shows us God’s blessings on an “ING” lifestyle. That is, the blessings on the right kinds of “ING.”
If I am keepING God’s commands, He is prolongING my life and bringING me peace (vv. 1, 2).
If I am bindING love and faithfulness to my heart, I am winnING favor and a good name (vv. 3, 4).
If I am trustING God and leanING on His wisdom, He is directING me onto the best paths (vv. 5, 6).
If I am fearING God and shunnING evil, He is bringING health to me (vv. 7, 8).
If I am honorING God with my firstfruits, He is continually fillING me to overflowing (vv. 9, 10).
If I am not despisING God’s discipline, I am findING wisdom and gainING understanding (vv. 11-18).
If I am preservING sound judgment and discretion, I am walkING in safety, sleepING sweetly, and experiencING no fear (vv. 19-26).
If I am not withholdING good from those in need, not plottING harm against others, not accusING nor envyING my neighbor, then God is blessING my home, showING me favor, and making sure I am inheritING honor (vv. 27-35).
The apostle Paul reminds us, “So let’s not get tired of doING what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9).
When I keep on keepING on, so do God’s blessings!