Proverbs 4:23-25 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
We put up fences to guard our properties. We build large homes and buildings, equipped with locks on the doors and windows to protect our belongings. We put our money in a safe place such as a bank, or in a vault. Why? Because all of these things are of value to us. So, what do we do to guard our heart?
Here in Proverbs we are told to keep, or guard our heart. Why? Well, because it’s where all of life stems from. So how do we do that? How can we build a safe place for our heart?
Glad you asked. The next verse tell us how to begin. Verse 24 says we should put away; “a froward mouth, and perverse lips.” To be froward is to be crooked, or departing from what’s right. Do we really want to guard our heart? Then it’s important for us to keep our conversations, and our mind on what’s right. Don’t get sidetracked into thinking about things that are sinful, and wicked. It also means we are not to be mean spirited toward others as well. Proverbs 23:7 says; “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” God wants our minds on what’s right so our mouth will say what’s right.
Do we want to guard our heart? Verses 25 says to keep our eyes on the path before us. Focusing on what really matters. The eyes are wonderful tools given to us by God. Nevertheless, Satan likes to divert them, to bring temptations our way. It happened to Eve. It happened to David with Bathsheba. Don’t think for a second, it can’t happen to us. Be on guard.
We must not let Satan drag us off course. We must build a “Values Vault” in which we guard our eyes, our mind, and our mouth, and this will help to then guard our heart.
Matt. 6:33-34 tell us to seek first the kingdom of God, and not to be overly concerned with tomorrow. Because as we all well know, there will be plenty to deal with tomorrow already. So, let’s not worry about the future until we get there. Instead, let’s concentrate on walking the path God set before us today, and let God help us in our walk.
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