Last week I began the thought process of our second general order. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23.
One of the things I love about scripture, are the wonderfully descriptive words used by God’s inspired authors. Over and over again, I am driven to my dictionary, thesaurus and Strong's Concordance to discover the meaning of these gems! Today, we are going to dive into the deeper meaning of three of these nuggets in order to mine out the truth they hold for us.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance” Proverbs 4:23a ESV
- Keep - to watch, to guard, to protect
- Heart - your inner man, mind, will, intellect, emotions, imagination, affections
- Vigilance - Be alert and watchful especially to avoid danger
- The NIV version says “Above all else, guard your heart”
What does this mean for us? Here is my expanded interpretation based on the research I did. “Watch, guard and protect your intellect, emotions, imagination and affections! While you stand guard, be alert because there is danger ahead.”
In the first part of this one small verse, we are told to keep watch on our heart in two very different ways. I guess the writer was trying to convey this is very important. It’s not enough for us to guard our hearts, we must do so with a sense of urgency, understanding our enemy is trying to steal who we are for his purpose. For each of us there is danger ahead, of that we can be certain. Sometimes it’s easy to identify the danger, but at other times it can be more difficult.
For those of us who are chasing after God and pursuing Him with all we have, our dangers may not be the obvious pitfalls of life, but our failures may be mistaking business for the Lord with faithfulness to Him. I once heard “God doesn’t need you to be awesome, because He is awesome! What God needs is for you to be faithful.”
During your personal Pit Time this week, take time to confess areas where you need to be more faithful and areas where you have become just too busy.