I like the strength of words the book of Proverbs uses for holding on to wisdom. Proverbs 4:21 is one of those. “Let them not escape” and “keep them” are similar to other statements repeated through the book. Verse 23 gives us the reason – to guard our hearts.
The heart is at the core of who we are. The condition of our heart will affect everything in our lives. That is why we teach children (teens especially) to be careful when they chose friends. I wonder if as adults we remember that. Those we are close to often fill our hearts. If we make poor choices, God’s wisdom will not be a part of the relationship. The springs of life are dirty and bitter when God is not involved. I have found the closest friendships to be people who can easily talk about Scripture. Those who want to serve and honor their Heavenly Father out of love and gratitude for what Jesus did on the cross. I do not know of a better way to guard my heart than to spend time with others who want to do the same thing.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminders to hold to wisdom. Please help me to hold tight to the truth of Your word and encourage others to do the same.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.
God is so good.