“He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of conduct will die.” Proverbs 19:16 NASB
Solomon tells us in a couple of places in this chapter how to look out for our own interests. It is not selfish to live in such a way that you preserve your life, or even thrive. The purpose of these verses in part is to help us live safely within the parameters of God’s wise counsel. It’s a bit like paying attention to the car manufacturer’s instructions on proper usage of your vehicle. Want it to last and perform at its peak ability? Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. The manufacturer knows how to ensure the best, safest, most enjoyable performance of its creation. They tell you what to put in the tank for the best and longest use of the vehicle. They would never tell you to put orange juice in it, no matter how much delicious vitamin C it contains. Today, listen and obey your Creator’s instructions and enjoy the journey you were created for.