Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you…Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
In the previous chapters, we have been given a number of reasons to pursue wisdom: the knowledge of God, moral clarity, human flourishing, peace, contentment, and joy. As if that isn’t enough reason to pursue wisdom, the author of Proverbs also says that wisdom will “keep you” and “guard you.”
Jesus Christ, who is the realization of wisdom, protects and watches over us when we seek and love him. Life is promised when we hold onto Christ and his teachings. Therefore, because it is our hearts that hold fast to his words, we have a part to play in diligently guarding our hearts. This means putting away sinful thoughts, words, and actions; and being filled with Truth and the Spirit of God by actively seeking him through practicing spiritual disciplines.
Father, thank you for your promise of guidance and protection. Thank you that we are able to find life in your Son and that you are ultimately the One who is able to keep and guard our hearts. As we go about our day and the weekend, help us to rely on your strength to put away evil thoughts, words, and actions that do not bring glory to you. Give us the desire to seek you through prayer, the reading and hearing of your Word, and other spiritual disciplines that bring us closer to you. May we be led by your Spirit alone. Amen.