Do you have trouble prioritizing? Do you feel that you are going in circles without a door to get out and move forward? The book of Proverbs offers you direct instruction from God how to stay on the path that will get you somewhere.
Proverbs chapter 4, verse 23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.”
That is very clear, isn’t it? First things first: guard your heart. Everything else you do is going to be affected by what is in your heart.
How do you guard your heart? Obviously, we can do this, or God would not have told us to do it. Here are some tips:
1. Give your heart to Jesus, God the Son, for safe keeping. He died for you, to pay the price for your sin and give you eternal life, and He rose from being dead to prove that death is defeated. He is with God the Father now, praying for you. Who is better to keep your heart safe?
2. Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and don’t try to figure everything out. See Proverbs 3:5 When you are constantly analyzing your thoughts and emotions, and other people’s thoughts and emotions looking for what they mean, you will only get snarled up and confused. Apart from the Lord, emotions reflect only circumstances, and circumstances change constantly. God never changes. His ways are consistent with everything He says.
3. Let your heart be open to new input from the Word of God and learn to hear His voice this way. When you read scripture, listen with all your heart to what the Lord is saying. Our minds can be closed to new insights because we have been taught certain things, but God wants us to hear Him with our spirits. The way to do this is to keep an open heart. Then ask God to apply what you hear to your mind and your daily life.
4. To guard your heart from evil influence, regularly put on the whole armor of God. See Ephesians 6:10-18
Now, you are walking in the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23 and guarding your heart as best you know how. Now rest in the truth that your Lord and your God takes full responsibility for every step you take today as you have placed yourself in His care. Your priorities are in order!