Welcome back to day 4 of our Proverbs study. Hopefully, you have been sensing the wisdom of God entering your thoughts and actions throughout each day. That’s the goal! As you submit to God and trust Him for guidance, you will see Him moving in your life. It’s amazing! If you haven’t noticed anything yet, you soon will. Be patient and trust in God’s promises.
Today, I want to zoom in on a few verses found in Chapter 4:
Proverbs 4:20-23, “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
These verses stress the importance of “paying attention” to God. This world can become very noisy at times, drowning out God’s voice in our life. But, when we slow down and “turn our ear” to Him, we find rest and healing. Fuzzy things become clear. Hurts become healed. Relationships begin to mend. Our attitudes adjust. God’s voice brings us the essentials we need for a full, healthy life.
In these verses, we also see the immense value that is placed on our hearts (mind, will, and emotions). It says, “Everything flows from it.” Therefore, we must guard our heart. Guard it from worry, doubt, guilt, and bad advice. Guard it from anger, lust, rage, and envy. Our heart is the foundational source from which our approach to life and our relationship with God originate. When we keep God’s word in sight, our hearts change forever. God, the great physician, transforms us to be more like Jesus.
My heart was once rebellious against God. I wanted nothing to do with Him. Then, I surrendered, and He changed everything. He transformed me from the inside out. He can (and will) do the same in you. But, God doesn’t just change your heart once and that’s it. It is a daily, difficult (but life giving) process of submission, confession, surrender, commitment, and perseverance.
Today, determine what you need to do to get your heart right. Remember that God’s grace covers every sin and every bad attitude. Through His power, you can be set right. You may need to stay away from certain people, places, or media outlets to keep your heart right, but do it. Be diligent – it is the source of everything in your life!
Have a great day!