This verse is part of a longer section of verses (:20-27) which talks about the value of a son taking seriously the wisdom of his father’s words (20-21). Dad suggests paying close attention will transform his boy’s life!
Many of us today would pay exorbitant amounts of money to find something that would radically change our lives. Some would gladly travel to a remote part of the globe for such insight. We might even consider cutting off a body part of two, if it would really help!
Yet this passage is clear. Simply paying attention to and applying in our lives some sound advice from those who really know us (and love us, anyway!) and who can offer us a God-perspective for life will get the job done for us just fine.
Experiencing “life” to the full and “health to a man’s whole body” sounds like such a great way to live! And we can start today if we’re ready!