Escorted by the Words of GodNovember 20, 2020 - 12:00 am
“They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck” — Proverbs 1:9
Hello readers! Thanks for your many responses as to what devotional materials you would like to read. We’re going to start exploring other books of the Bible, beginning with weekly devotions from the Book of Proverbs. Enjoy!
One of the lesser-known practices in Judaism is called levayah, which means “escorting.” After we host guests in our home, we are required to accompany them out through our door and beyond.
In earlier generations, a host would often walk guests part of the way to their home or even all the way. While our roads are mainly safe today, for most of history, traveling could be dangerous. When a host escorted his guests, he was both expressing his affection for them and also ensuring their safety. Today, when we escort our guests, it lets them know that they are cared for and loved.
I have fond memories of my grandfather, who was scrupulous with this observance, walking us out of his home and accompanying us to our car. He would stand outside in all kinds of weather waving and watching over us as we pulled out of the driveway until he could no longer see our car.
In Proverbs 1:9, we read that the words of God “are a garland to grace your head…” However, in Hebrew, the verse tells us that God’s words are a levayah, an escort, “to grace your head.” The Jewish sages explained that when a person has no choice but to travel alone, the words of God are our escort. God’s Word accompanies us, protects us, and guides us wherever we go.
While it’s wonderful to have companions who walk beside us and escort us through life, there are times when we are alone. Moreover, many people, such as widows, orphans, and others, find themselves alone most of the time. It can be difficult to be on our own, but this verse teaches us that we are never alone with God’s Word by our side.
The Bible is our life-long companion. Its teachings are our guide. Its messages, a source of love. When there is no one to show us the way, God’s Word will direct us. When there is no one to help us manoeuvre through the dangers of life, the Bible will protect us.
Just as a garland surrounds a head, the words of the Bible surround our soul, and with God’s Word, we are escorted on our journey through life protected, directed, and loved.
Your turn: Which verses in the Bible “escort” you when you need guidance, encouragement, and comfort? Share with us in the comments section below!