“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4.23
What does this verse say to you? Take a moment and reflect on what YOU think Solomon is saying here. These are not idle words he picked just to fill a page with something. Words mean something.
“Keep (literally guard) thy heart with all diligence … ” When we are asked to GUARD or KEEP something, we should understand that we are called upon to monitor what is happening around that particular object. “ … with all diligence … ” Diligence is defined as: “careful and persistent work or effort.” Our focus then shifts from casual awareness to careful and persistent work or effort.
Since the topic under discussion is “our heart” it should immediately grab our attention. After all, Solomon is said to be a man of great wisdom and listening to what he has to say makes good sense. Why would it be necessary to remind us to guard our hearts? Because he knew there are forces at work in our world whose sole purpose is to distract us, keep us from paying attention to what is happening our hearts.
In Proverbs 23.7a Solomon says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Why is that so important? “out of it are the issues of life.” If I have wrong thinking, then I will pursue wrong purposes with wrong motives. I believe that we need to guard our hearts so carefully because we do not know who is watching what we do and/or how we do it.
The psalmist addressed this in Psalm 119.11: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The Word of God is certainly a worthy source for us in keeping our heart with all diligence. Don’t neglect the guarding of your heart. Just my thoughts …