It is common to hear a Christian say that the “most important day of my life was the day I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior.” It’s also common to hear them say that “it wasn’t long before I began to face the same old problems, was tempted and fell back in to my sinful ways.” How amazing that Solomon has some sound, solid advice for the new Christian as well as Christians of all ages and stages in their walk with the Lord.
“Above all else...” not don’t forget, or remember to, or think about. No! “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
If there is any verse that we as Christians must take to heart it is a verse that warns us to “guard our hearts!”
There is so much more to our hearts than the “sentimental” side that we read of in novels and hear of in songs. The heart is where life begins and ends; it is where habits, values, wills and emotions begin. In our hearts is where we find the answers to “who we are” and “what the difference is between ourselves and others” and “what matters most” and “what we will give our lives for.” It is from our “hearts” that “the real me” springs forth when we least expect it to and causes us to want to hide from embarrassment when we are finally “uncovered.”
What fills our hearts eventually flows into our lives. This “overflow” is who others believe we are. But, if we fill our hearts with His wisdom, others will see Him.
Prayer: Father, may we relentlessly guard our hearts against anything that would destroy our walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.