Proverbs 7:2

How Much Do You Value God’s Word?

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Proverbs 7:2

What do you consider your MVP—most valued possession? Some would list family first; others might list health or intellect. In Proverbs 7:2, Solomon indicates that we should treat God’s commandments, His Word, as our MVP.

Solomon uses a metaphor rich in meaning: “apple of your eye.” In Old Testament times, “apple of your eye” referred to the pupil. The pupil controls how much light enters the eye; the retina then converts the light into electric signals that are interpreted by the brain.[1] Our vision depends on the pupil. God gave it a protective shield—an eyelid. He also provided a continual way to cleanse it—our tears.

Both Moses and David used the metaphor to represent how precious we are to God (Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalm 17:8). Solomon took that use of the phrase a step further. If we are that precious to God, shouldn’t His Word be equally precious to us?

By applying the metaphor to God’s commands, Solomon also indicates God’s Word should be the portal through which we receive, interpret, and apply information. That way we’ll be less vulnerable to sin, which Solomon personifies as an immoral woman in the rest of the chapter.

How high on the list of your valued possessions is the Word of God? Is it the portal through which all data passes in your life? A 2018 Nielson Report found that “American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading, or generally interacting with media.”[2]

Does the time you spend interacting with media reflect a desire to keep God’s commands and guard his teachings? If not, what adjustments can you make to show that the Word of God is precious to you?

Dig Deeper

Read Psalm 17:6–9. What prompts David’s request for God to “keep me as the apple of your eye”? When you’re feeling overwhelmed or threatened, how can these verses encourage you?

Read Proverbs 7:1–3. What does Solomon suggest will help us keep God’s commands in verse 3? What are some practical ways to do that?

Read Philippians 4:8. How can you apply this standard to the media you view and other activities in which you participate?

Denise K. Loock

This devotion is part of a series on the Book of Proverbs.


[1] “What Are the Functions of the Cornea, Pupil, Lens, Retina, and Optic Nerve?” Socratic, Socratic.org, Accessed 24 January 2019, https://socratic.org/questions/what-are-the-functions-of-the-cornea-pupil-lens-retina-and-optic-nerve.

[2] “Time Flies: U.S. Adults Now Spend Nearly Half a Day Interacting with Media,” The Nielson Company, nielson.com, 31 July 2018, https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2018/time-flies-us-adults-now-spend-nearly-half-a-day-interacting-with-media.html.

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