One of my favorite things to do is read a Psalm and a Proverb a day. The book of Proverbs is like a daily devotional all in itself with its 31 chapters, making it perfect to reread it each month. There is so much wisdom in this book. One passage that struck me recently reads: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
I must be honest I have not always heeded this wise word. When I have not, trouble somehow was right around the corner. That’s why I need to get Proverbs inside of my head, heart and spirit. This book, although sometimes poetic, and mostly practical, is always wise. So recently I ran across another familiar passage in the Bible, but this time in Philippians. The topic was anxiousness:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” – Philippians 4:6
The last time I read it, something new stuck out to me in the verse that follows: “7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When I read this passage, I felt like I struck gold. Many times I’ve pondered the whole “guarding of my heart” thing, and I knew it was important. I knew it from experience and by the things that I’ve suffered in the past from disobedience. This verse however sheds new light on heart guarding. It tells me that when I am communicating with God through prayer, praise, and worship, that it’s God’s peace that will guard both my heart and my mind. He does this through Jesus. Ahhhh I love it! So the idea of heart guarding is not just me trying to conjure up some type of a plan. This heart protection is really God’s plan. It’s my communion with God that comes in and does the job for me. It’s His own peace that works it out for me. My goodness, I hope I NEVER forget this!
So here’s my paraphrase, “Don’t trip”. When you are tempted to worry, instead talk to God, praise and worship Him. Talk to Him about it, and ask Him for help. His peace (it’s supernatural, your mind can’t understand, define it or contain it), that very peace itself will guard not only your heart, but also your mind. Communion with God is heart and mind protection insurance. The kind of insurance I am assured to have through Christ. The kind one cannot afford to go without. It’s yours as well for the taking. So come on honey and take it!