Keeping Your Heart Through the Word

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

 (Proverbs 4:23)

The heart.

This fountain in the soul of a person acts like a rudder on a ship or plane.  It is the place where choices and decisions spring from. In this proverb we are instructed to “keep” or “guard” this precious fountain called the heart with the same vigor, attentiveness, and sense of duty that a prison guard would have in guarding an inmate in a cell. To convey this sentiment, Solomon uses the phrase, “with all diligence”.  

This idea of man tending and keeping that which is precious in God’s eyes goes all the way back to Adam. Consider what God said to Adam about the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:15, “ Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”  Adam’s inability to properly carry out God’s command in regard to the garden of God led to his ultimate downfall.  So to, if we allow our hearts to be pulled away from God to lesser pleasures and the cares of this life, we will find ourselves living a style and quality of life that hardly reflects our beliefs.  Also, a wayward heart will deal with the issues of life in unbiblical ways which dishonors God.

So the question becomes, how can we keep our hearts free from troublesome intruders and steer it towards Jesus our Lord? 

Answer: Encountering God through His Word.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Ps 119:11)

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105)
“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.” (Ps 40:8)

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