In our study of Proverbs chapter three, we will see how real health and wellness come from the Lord.
"My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity." NIV translation
Solomon begins to share the benefits of wisdom with his son. He had lived a long prosperous life just as God had promised him (see 1 Kings 3:13 & 14) and knew that God was the source of it all.
"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man." NIV translation
He urges his son to have two things love and faithfulness (chesed & emun). Chesed speaks of a loyal love which is not rooted in an emotion or mood. It is something that is done and speaks of serving others. That is what Jesus was talking about when He said that His disciples will be known by their love (see John 13:34 & 35).
Emun means trusting and refers to a rock solid dependence on God.
We are to wear these qualities like a necklace so that everyone can see. To do this, they must first be written in our hearts by the power of God. When people see these qualities in us, the Lord will be glorified and we will have a good reputation among men. We will be a bright shining light in this dark world.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." NIV translation
Solomon goes on to explain that this faithfulness (emun) goes even beyond our understanding. It is knowing beyond a shadow of doubt that, no matter what the circumstance, God is on our side. We may not understand why we are going through a certain thing but we can know that the path leads to good. It is our walk through these difficult places trusting in the Lord that brings Him the most glory.