The Value of Wisdom in Producing Health

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Heart

We are to pay attention to what the author says (v. 20). We are not to let his words depart from our eyes but let them penetrate deep within our heart (v. 21). They will bring life to anyone who discovers their meaning (v. 22). Our heart is to be kept with all diligence (v. 23). We are to guard our heart with all diligence, “for out of it spring the issues of life.” The  heart is enclosed in a sac embedded in the lungs and protected by the ribs. Just as the creator provided physical protection for our heart, we must guard our thoughts. The heart includes more than an emotional or mental capacity but it encompasses one’s values. Therefore the heart is to be protected because out from it comes our actions, our values our goals and our desires. It is only when the heart is controlled by Scripture that a person can be assured of being able to walk in the truth. That is the reason each believer should have his eyes (v. 25) focused on the  path (v.11) which comes from God and His Word.

Not only are we to protect the heart but also the mouth, the eyes and the feet. The believers’ conduct should be above reproach. Corrupt or foul talk should never come out of our mouth. Our eyes should focus on the goal just as a farmer opens a field  and makes a straight furrow as he plows toward a distant point. Our feet should not turn to the right or the left but straight forward in the paths of righteousness (vv. 26-27).

Application

Proverbs 23:7 declares that as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he." This is why it is so important that I have control over my thought life.

Proverbs 4:20-27 (English Standard Version)

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

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