Proverbs 4:23-27

In Proverbs 4:23-27 Solomon gives us some important advice about guarding our heart. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life”. This is a very important verse for us to ponder.  Our heart is our lifeblood.  We have to guard our heart.  Since wisdom belongs in the midst of the heart, it also is necessary to keep the heart safe in the sense of guarding it. In the sense Solomon meant here, the heart should be kept for wisdom, guarding it against the way of the wicked.  The heart contains the wellspring of life.  From it flows every good thing, or if not protected and guarded, from it will flow evil.

The heart is the reservoir, and change must begin there. If the reservoir is polluted, it does no good to fix the pipes and the valves.  We have to guard it before it becomes infiltrated with the wrong things. It isn’t easy to guard or keep our heart. There will be many opportunities to give our heart to a person or a path that wisdom would warn against.  The world is constantly trying to pull us off God’s path. If we guard our heart well, we enjoy life flowing from our heart, like a pleasant and bountiful water spring. But an unguarded heart sees a choking or restriction to the joy and pleasantness of life. We must be careful to guard our heart well.

Solomon goes on to exhort us to “Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you”. To stay on the path of the just, we have to give attention to what we speak. Words matter, and what we say impacts those around us and ultimately ourselves.  But it is more than the mouth we need to consider.  He goes on to say “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you”. We often depart from the path of living God’s way out of distraction. The blinders used on horses do them a lot of good and would do many of us good as well. We have to guard our eyes, because evil can penetrate that way.

Solomon also challenges us to “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure”. If we consider the destination of our present path, it would lead to much more wise living. When we carefully ponder where we are headed, it helps to establish direction and help us to not turn to the right or the left. We can stay on the path. “Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil”. We should not be distracted from the way of wisdom. We must never forget that sin is a choice.  It often happens when we swerve off Gods path – first just a little and with a quick return.  But over time, if we aren’t careful, those swerves go further and last longer.  We need to stay focused on gaining and living with God’s wisdom!

One response to this post.

  1. Wonderful facts, Many thanks!


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