When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
Whatever we fill ourselves with dominates us. The writer here encourages us to fill ourselves with godly instruction [your father’s commandment and your mother’s teaching]. The “they” can be whatever we fill, allow, and ruminate over. That is what leads, watches over, and talks with us. And it is what we, tho many times subtly, CHOOSE.
Our thoughts are so very important. What we allow ourselves to be bombarded with is of vital jugularity [made up word]. If in our head we regularly think of what a scumbag we are, or the heretical lie that we don’t deserve forgiveness, then that is what will lead us and talk with us as the Proverb states. That is what will color our lives.
The voices in our heads are many and loud. They can and must be defeated intentionally. What do you fill your head with? What dominates your thought life?
It is in solitude and silence where we allow ourselves to be loved by God, to let Him determine who we are and where we stand. Don’t let anyone or anything else determine who you are!!! Our life is hidden with Christ in God. Feed this truth so as to drown out all the voices telling you that you are some other false, unworthy self. That toxic excrement will destroy you! But only if you allow it to, only if you neglect to feed yourself with what is true from YHWH/Son/Spirit, what and who loving Daddy says you are. And He says you are infinitely loved, worthy, and accepted in His Son.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is honest and clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body turns out to be dark. So, if the light within you turns out to be darkness, darkness doesn’t come any darker than that.
A healthy, or single, eye versus an evil eye.
In the culture and time here of the first century, this referred to a generous person versus a stingy one. Or a singularly focused person as opposed to a multi-focused one [serving multiple masters]. And this passage basically speaks to the darkness of a stingy person. When you are stingy with your time or money, how much good are you withholding from the world around you? For those of you not good at math, the answer is a lot. A lot.
“make your top priority God’s kingdom and His way of life”
And He will take care of everything else you need, for He already knows what those needs are. Do you believe this? Do you live this?