Guard Your Heart

Read: Proverbs 4

Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll once said, “Wisdom is the ability to see with discernment, to view life as God perceives it.”  Someone has also said, “Wisdom is the ability to apply biblical truths to all life situations.” In Proverbs 1:7 it says, “Respect and obey the Lord! This is the beginning of knowledge. Only a fool rejects wisdom and good advice.” (CEV)

Mother’s Day is upon us and very soon Father’s Day will be here as well. That had me thinking about all of those famous sayings that our parents told us when we were growing up. Many of them are sayings we still repeat today as adults. Sayings like, “Money doesn’t grow on tree’s you know,” “Hold your horses,” or “You’re not made of sugar, you won’t melt.” Probably the most popular of all was… “When I was your age I had to walk (10+) miles to school in all kinds of weather.”

Along with those fairly generic sayings there will also some very wise things that helped us make good decisions and stay on the right path. Things like “Make the hard stuff the fun stuff, don’t complain, embrace the challenge,” or “guard your heart, because everything you do flows from it.” Oh wait, that last one is from the Bible.

The book of Proverbs is full of these wise sayings, many of them are spoken from a parent to a child. They impart wisdom that help us to succeed in life and most importantly help us to stay within God’s will. Proverbs 4 is just the start of those, verse one begins by saying, “My child, listen closely…” and then goes on for chapters describing how to gain wisdom, understanding, and knowledge about Godly living.

In Proverbs 31 we read of the things that King Lemuel’s mother speaks to him about, this chapter is often one that is used around Mother’s Day but it is seldom presented as words coming from a mother to a son. When we read them in that way it perhaps changes our perspective a bit. These are things that this mother wants to impart to her son.

These Proverbs are not just for children though. They hold many truths that we need to hear and be reminded of as adults. Chapter 5 talks about being faithful to your spouse; chapter 11 encourages us to watch what we say and do; chapter 15 reminds us that the Lord sees even the things done in secret; chapter 19 encourages us to be patient. The wisdom seems to be endless in this wonderful book of the Bible.

Proverbs has 31 chapters, this means that you can read one chapter each day of the month (at least on some months). Not only will you be directed in wisdom and understanding but you will be reminded of the Godly life that the Lord desires for you to live. I don’t know about you but I find that I often need those reminders. When temptations come we need to have these words of wisdom at our side, on our lips, and in our minds. Then we need to apply them.

Make it personal: Are you struggling with something right now? A decision, a wrong attitude, a hardship, or a conflicted relationship? Reading a Proverb a day would allow God’s Word to speak into those situations and provide you with the Godly wisdom to move forward. Today is a good day to get started!

Have a blessed week filled with God’s wisdom,

Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church