“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”
Proverbs 4:13 (NIV)
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Maybe flying like Superman, scaling tall buildings like Spider Man, wearing high-tech costumes and having multiple powers like Iron Man? If you read or watch any DC Comic or Marvel Comic books or movies, you know the number of creative powers are almost limitless!
Since my family subscribed to Disney Plus, we have overdosed on Marvel movies, series and documentaries lately. Well, I may have to correct that. I feel overdosed, but my husband and daughter do not. I’m more of a Hallmark movie kind of girl, but I have enjoyed seeing justice done and learning about the creativity of the Marvel world in series like Agent Carter and movies like Avengers Endgame.
Each Marvel superhero wants to help the world, but somehow ends up being destructive in his or her pursuit of justice. Thus, the fictional S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) agency was designed to help reign in these “rogue” superheroes. We can think of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a gateway for protection, and its agents are tasked with knowing the truth in order to vigilantly keep the country safe.
We can dream of being like a Marvel superhero, but in reality we can be like a SH.I.E.L.D. agent. The book of Proverbs is filled with instruction on how we are to uphold and live God’s laws, and we are promised life when we do that. Proverbs 4:13 explicitly tells us that “holding on to instruction” (God’s wisdom) will give us protection. God’s word is our shield.
One way we can keep wisdom close to us is through our own agency – P.R.A.I.S.E.
You can be an Agent of P.R.A.I.S.E.! So many benefits will come from this role in your life.
- It changes your heart to a heart of gladness and gratefulness, whisking away the “blues.”
- It brings joy to the Lord who loves you so.
- It is encourages others to seek God.
Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon encourages us to praise God by seeking his wisdom (Pr 3:18, Pr 3:22, Pr 4:5-7, Pr 11:30, Pr 23:23). Solomon may have lost sight of wisdom at times during his life (when he allowed wives of other religions to influence him); however, at the end of his life, he remembered the importance of holding fast to God’s instruction: “Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12 NLT)
Pick up your shield of wisdom and make it a shield of P.R.A.I.S.E.!
Previously, S.H.I.E.L.D. stood for “Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate” and, originally, it stood for “Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.” I created my own P.R.A.I.S.E. acrostic. Feel free to use that one, or like Marvel did multiple times with S.H.I.E.L.D., change it and make it your own!
If you create your own, share it with me and others in the comments section. Fellow agents, let’s P.R.A.I.S.E. together!