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Watching Over Our Hearts, - The Springs of Life!

Updated: Sep 20, 2020


Prov.4:20-23


The Wisdom Of Solomon: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”


Just previous to this statement, the wise man of history had just said to keep his words, God’s words, in the midst of your heart. Then he leads us into the delicacy of the heart, that it is fragile, and that it can be overlooked and unattended to. The heart is the center of everything, so he cautions us to watch over it, to guard it with ALL diligence because that's where the springs of life come from.


To understand the wisdom of these words, we must understand two words: “heart” and “diligence”


Heart - mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory, inclination, resolution, determination (of will), conscience, the centre of anything: the seat of the affections and the centre of the moral consciousness


It seems that the heart referred to here correlates greatly with the physical heart, the organ that pumps blood to our cells, in the sense that it is in the center of the body and is primary, or of chief importance to living life at all.


As the physical heart is central to everything else, so is the heart mentioned here, that we are to guard or to watch over it with all diligence.


Diligence has a very interesting visual meaning: - A close watching of something for guarding or protecting. Shepherds constructed corrals of briers at night to protect the flock from predators, who were held back because of thorns in the corral's material. .


So, to watch with all diligence is to take those things that are of your center; the feelings, will, and intellect and encase them in corrals of briers, so to speak, so that no outside influence or enemy will be able to sneak in and stealthily carry off that which is being protected.


That’s how serious the Holy Spirit is in telling us to watch, or put a guard over our hearts. Everything in life pivots around what we have planted in our hearts and therefore must be highly observed and guarded with care and thoughtfulness.


Jesus taught us that from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. And Proverbs 18:21 tells us just how important that is. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” So, what we say has consequences because our words are powerful and creative and able to turn our lives in a direction for good or for evil.


So, watching over, or guarding our heart means that what is in there will be the launching pad for what our life will look like, (from it flow the springs of life); and from the heart our conversations are born. We were created in God's image and in the same way that His words have creative power, so do ours.


So, what we are speaking will factor in as to what our life will be like. It will either be a life characterized by death dealing blows, or a life that is filled with the goodness and the blessings of God.


We’ve all been around those people who continually whine and complain about their life, their spouse, their kids, etc. and we see the emptiness of life they have constructed. It’s not the kind of life most of us admire or desire to have. But, it’s the kind of life that comes from an impure heart, an anxious heart, one that produces much negative speech along with corresponding actions in one’s life. And sadly, many people don't understand that the life they're living was of their own making. They've actually been creating it and speaking it into existence.


Maybe today we can speak peace into someone's life, and open up the gates for those springs of life to flow freely.



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