READING: Proverbs 1-4
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.”
It's always best to simply read the Word, digest it, and follow it–but sometimes it just grabs you more powerfully than usual. Proverbs 4:23-27 is one of those texts for me today:
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the[j] paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil. (Prov. 4:23-27)
It’s all really quite simple. We need to watch our heart, making sure to fill it with the Word of God and all its wisdom. We must also watch our language, understanding that whatever evil comes from our lips is the product of an unguarded heart. Our gaze is to be fixed on righteousness, ever watching each step and seeking God’s grace along the way. At no point are we to dare wander one iota from the path that God has commanded us to walk.
It really is that simple. And that hard.
May God help us all to walk in wisdom.
- Guard your heart, your lips, and your steps today.
- Do not turn to the right or the left – stay focused on Christ!
PRAYER: “Father, turn my ear toward wisdom and my heart toward understanding (Prov. 2:2). Grant me grace to follow You every step of this day.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Proverbs 5-8