Proverbs 4:23 (New International Version)
Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.
The “Morph Bible Study Curriculum” out of Gateway Community Church in Austin, TX, asks: “Seriously? ‘Above all else?'”
You would think that any verse in the bible that starts with “above all else” would be followed by something dramatic or of huge importance.
Above all else…
- enjoy your life
- monitor your health
- work hard
- rest well
- choose your spouse wisely
King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived (apart from Jesus), who experienced every pleasure conceivable to man, penned the words, “Above all else, guard your heart.” That sounds a bit anti-climactic, doesn’t it? But think about it, your heart, my heart, the heart of every believer is supposed to be completely devoted to God alone. Perhaps this lack of exclusivity is the root of the biggest problems in our walk. Maybe we haven’t guarded our hearts well enough. Maybe we’ve allowed in things that compete for God’s spot. Nothing satisfies completely and forever. Beauty will fade. Money buys convenience but not joy, peace, or love. Friends disappoint. Spouses leave and/or die.
If there is dissonance in your soul, then your heart is probably devoted to God and something else. Even if that ‘”something else” is something good, like spouse, family, children, church, charity work, or the desire to be married, you cannot allow it to compete with God.
How have you failed to guard your heart? What have you let in that should not be there? What has been the result?
Those are not casual questions. I encourage you to take some time apart from the daily grind. Sit alone with the Lord. Ask him to show you your heart. Ask him to bring your heart in line with Himself. Jettison from your heart anything or anyone that does not belong. I pray that you will experience the joy of communion with our Father – everyday. Enjoy your weekend, Family!