The Way of Life

Josh Wanner40DOW

“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”

Proverbs 4:13 (NIV)

During my many years of working as a cardiac cath lab nurse, one of the requirements of my job was to maintain ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification. This involved recognition of abnormal heart rhythms and other patient symptoms, knowledge of medications and their dosages, along with additional treatments like oxygen, IV fluids, and of course, effective CPR.

The instructions in this information, and the testing we took to make sure we knew it, was intense! It was important that we remember all this. The correct treatment in a critical situa-tion could maintain or restore a patient’s life – that is, their temporary, physical life.

The instruction for life that the Proverbs passage above refers to is so much more important. The instruction God provides for us in the Bible addresses our eternal life! It is the life that Jesus won for us through His life, death and resurrection.

The instruction for faith in Jesus is the one we want to take time to study deeply. The instruction we want to learn thoroughly. The instruction we want to guard well, and hold onto for life – Eternal Life!


Dear Father, Thank You for Your Word of Life! Help me hold on to it tightly for all of my life.

Daily Reading: Proverbs 4

– Contributed by LaDonna Johnson