Out of the Head and Into the Heart
“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely 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 a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:20-23
For this writing, it probably would have been very easy to use the entire chapter of Proverbs 4 as it all applies directly to this principle. I’m pretty sure I’ve pointed this out before, but Proverbs itself is such a wonderful book of the Bible that teaches us so many wonderful principles. Of course, I’m not taking anything away from any other book though.
So what are these verses pointing out? My attention has been directly drawn to the phrases like “listen closely to my words” and “do not let them out of your sight.” These phrases alone are telling us that we must focus on the word, direction and even warning from God our Father. We have to listen and not be distracted by the world. How easy is it for us all to possibly hear the word and yet allow it to drift away. This can happen so easily, sometimes as soon as we either leave a church service or just allowing the enemy to build doubt in our minds. How can we all keep this love of Him and His word within us? Both of these principles have to happen for us to be enriched and guided by the word of God. We must hear and then follow up without ever letting those words even out of our sight.
As always I feel like the word of God asks us to not only obey but to take our belief one step further. In this particular verse, He gives us the answer to the “how” we seek. He asks us here to keep His word within our hearts. How much closer could something ever get to us than to be within our own heart? I think God knows what our heart truly is and calls us to go against it and follow him. He tells us here to get His words and principles not only within our hearts but to also guard that heart in which His word lies. Let us all listen closely to him, to bury his Word and love within our hearts and finally to guard ourselves against anything that could draw us away from Him.
~ Kenny Stahl