“Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.” (Proverbs 19:16, NIV)
There is an old saying: “Learn from the mistakes of others; you won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
The commandments of God are the best way to avoid the mistakes of others because God’s commandments have two purposes: To protect us; and to provide for us.
So many otherwise intelligent, talented, and resourceful people come to grief because they choose to ignore God’s wisdom and God’s commandments. Trying to learn everything from personal experience, they will either cripple or destroy themselves long before reaching the end of every list of lessons.
Keeping God’s commandments does not inhibit living. On the contrary, it provides the length of days that makes living possible. – Luther