Today’s reading brought me to this treasure in Proverbs chapter 4:
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
God wants our hearts. The heart is the center of our faith and belief in Him. It is the basis for our relationship with our creator:
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).
TD Jakes said:
Finally, my brother, guard your heart. The enemy wants to embitter and corrupt you. Guard your heart against contamination by lust and loneliness, bigotry and arrogance, and everything in between. Your enemies may even hide in good deeds done for evil motives. Only you can mount this guard because no other man can discern your motives and intentions.
If Samson had guarded his heart, Delilah wouldn’t have weakened him. Had Samson guarded his heart with the breastplate of righteousness that Paul talked about, he would have continued to be productive in Israel. But in the heat of his passion and the weariness of his life, Samson “told her all his heart” (Judges 16:17). What a tragedy! Samson’s weakness caused him to pollute his heart with lust and loneliness, and he gave it to someone other than God.
Lord, I give You my heart. Help me guard it. Help me to keep it pure and reserved only for You.
grace & peace,