23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.
Your tombstone will have written on it what dominated your heart.
Your actions will reveal what is going on down deep.
Aggressively guarding your heart is much more than a mere spiritual exercise.
Yep. You read that right. Aggressively guarding your heart is much more than a mere spiritual exercise.
Having a “healthy heart” comes not from just reading your Bible.
Having a “healthy heart” is not just a result of a daily prayer time.
Having a “healthy heart” is not just about attending a church service.
According to the author of Proverbs, the heart is what produces life and should therefore be “kept” with all vigilance (see verse 23). But what he means by “all vigilance” should be duly noted. . .
Keeping your heart with all vigilance means doing away with unhealthy language (see verse 24).
Keeping your heart with all vigilance means making sure you stay focused on your goal (see verse 25).
Keeping your heart with all vigilance means thinking about where and why you are about to do something (see verse 26).
Keeping your heart with all vigilance means not drifting off into an evil realm (see verse 27).
Let’s break it down even further. . .
– Get away from anything and anyone that causes filth to come out of your mouth.
– Remove yourself from an environment that causes your eyes to drift.
– Get up early and consider your plans and your motives for those plans.
– Don’t go to certain channels. Don’t visit certain sites. Don’t check social media at certain hours.
– Cut off your hand. Gouge out your eye.
If your heart is the center of your life, it should be guarded – vigorously – at all costs.
Don’t misunderstand. Reading your Bible, praying, and going to church are important. Your heart needs ’em. But they do nothing for the heart that doesn’t aim to walk with God.
Wisdom says to keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of your life.
What needs to be vigilantly pursued or destroyed in your life right now? No, really. What?