“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
An intellectual gets great joy from learning and is invigorated by knowledge and good debate.
An avid reader gets great joy from a good book and has his or her spirit lifted by a great story.
A social person gets great joy from social interaction and is sustained by spending time with others.
A private person gets great joy from some quiet time and is refreshed by personal alone time.
God gives these desires … and uses them for His glory.
Nicodemus sought knowledge from the Teacher, and he was born again (see John 3:1-21, for example).
The Bereans found new life by reading the Scriptures foretelling the Messiah (see Acts 17:10-12).
Mary discovered everlasting life by talking with (and listening to) Jesus (see Luke 10:38-42).
Anna beheld her salvation after decades in prayerful solitude (see Luke 2:36-38).
These were all people who listened to the teachings of those who came before and especially of God. They kept God’s word within themselves and studied it fervently.
It is not enough to just read books, talk with people, or seclude yourself from society. It is not enough to go to church services and functions or to do good things.
It takes a disciplined heart and a passion for God to truly live a godly life. And the best possibility for a long, healthy life this side of heaven comes from living a godly life (see verse 22).
Dear Lord, give us that passion for Your truth. Help us to cherish Your word and to live out Your commands.