“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 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.” Proverbs 4:18-23
I’m praying that God is using these 21 days of prayer to strengthen your heart. Let’s take a dive into the heart of wisdom. While Solomon has given the command to write these words of wisdom on the tablet of our hearts, he now commands us to keep (or guard) our heart vigilantly because from it flow the springs of life. He gives this command because he knows that our heart is the core of our identity. Did you know that your heart is the core of your identity; if your heart is wise, your actions will be wise, but if your heart is foolish, everything you do will be foolish.
In order to understand this command, we must first know what is the heart. Biblically, the heart refers to far more than the primary muscle of our circulatory system; it is the core of our identity. Who you are in your heart is who you really are. It represents the fundamental sense of you being you.
Proverbs 27:19 shows this thought by saying, “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” Knowing a person’s heart means knowing them fundamentally.
The principle here is terrifying. We like to assume that we are good people who occasionally do bad things, and even then, we convince ourselves that our intentions are generally pure. Sin, therefore, is simply a problem of behavior. But Jesus shatters this thought by stating that we do bad things because we have bad hearts, and if our heart is bad, we are bad. Sin is not a behavioral issue; it is a being issue. We are not righteous people who occasionally sin. We sin because we are sinners. Our heart is corrupt, so there is no aspect of our being that escapes corruption, behavior included.
This is the good news of Jesus’ gospel. We cannot obey God, but Jesus obeyed His Father for us. We deserved God’s eternal wrath in punishment for our sins against Him, but Jesus absorbed all of His wrath in our place. Our heart is desperately sick with sin, making it impossible to both guard and repair, but the Father gives us new hearts in Christ.
NewLife we are new creations, the old has gone and the new has come. God gave us a new heart when we confessed Him as the Savior in our hearts and the Lord of our lives.
Pray for God to use your new heart for His glory.