Proverbs 4:26-27

[23 Above all else, guard your heart,

          for everything you do flows from it.]

 

26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet

   and be steadfast in all your ways.

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

   keep your foot from evil.

 

 Practically speaking, what does it look like to guard one’s heart? Thus far we have been reminded that the heart is influenced by what comes out of our mouths, as well as what we allow in through our eyes. The third line of defense is the mind. What do you spend your time thinking about? There are many things competing for our consideration, from entertainment to current events and everything in between, but “the paths for your feet” ought to take priority over all of them. What’s the next step in your relationships, in your finances, in your career? How can you honor the Lord in each of these areas?

 

 “Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” The heart’s final line of defense is the feet, which represent our behavior. A person may say the right things, focus on the right things, and contemplate every possibility, but it is all for naught if he detours into evil. Those who have turned to the right are convinced that those who have turned to the left are off-limits, and vice versa, and both are correct. Starvation may be the opposite of gluttony, but neither one is healthy. Concern yourself with staying on the right path and keeping your foot from evil, regardless of where the crowd is leaning.

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