Proverbs 4:23“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
“Our heart – our feelings of love and desire – dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our heart above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path.” Bible Commentary
The Bible exhorts us to guard our heart. The word guard is an action word and means to take a defensive position. It is what a boxer does when he uses his hands to guard his chin from an opponent’s damaging blows. The boxer knows that a well placed punch to his chin will knock him out.
God knows that if we don’t guard our hearts, our opponent, the enemy, will work his way through to our heart. A good boxer actively looks at the opponent’s hands and quickly adjusts to the blows that are coming his way. However, our heart is deceitful and does not always allow us to see the punches that are coming our way. Consequently, the blows to our heart when we are not actively guarding it are extremely damaging to our life.
Life is extremely challenging as it is. A boxer knows that when he gets in that “ring”, he will not leave without getting bruised. However, if he guarded himself properly, he will be standing at the end of the twelve rounds.
Let us actively guard our hearts so that we can protect ourselves from those critical punches that can potentially take us down!
LORD, thank you for taking the penalty for our sins. Thank you for giving us all the tools that we need to live victoriously. FATHER, help us to guard our hearts and if there should be a time when our guard is down, please be our shield. In Jesus’ Name we pray – Amen.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind......” Jeremiah 17:9-10