11.4.2010 Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs Post #13-

 Today I was reading in chapter 4, nurse and verse 23 spoke to me today.  It says:

 4:23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, seek

for from it are the sources of life.

“Guard your heart with all vigilance” is a powerful admonition to us.  As I studied this verse the footnotes suggested guard was similar to a prison guard type watchfulness!  Those words are not just a suggestion but a warning.  I thought of an example, link and being a dad, it involved my daughters.  I would not just tell my daughters to look both ways before they cross the road but actually going and carrying them across the road.  This is not just a casual, “Hey, be on your toes” type comment.  We need to be on watch like a prison guard who is literally ready for a potential attack every second, prepared for the unknown.

“For from it are the sources of life” is a little confusing at first glance.  But the meaning is that our heart is the “starting point” of us.  In other words, what is in our heart will flow from us!  If we fill our heart with earthly desires then we will try to fill that void with earthly treasure (cars, homes, money, people).  If we fill our heart with God then He will fill that void.

Are you guarding your heart?

I want to challenge you to take up reading the Proverb of the day and the entire chapter as well.  Lord, please help each one of us to keep our focus on things above and not the things of this earth.  Amen.

I am using the Net Bible to quote from for these posts.


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