Beyond the Weekend

July 9 | Guard

July 9, 2020


READ Proverbs 9 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 9 is the conclusion to the lessons that open the book (Proverbs 1-9). It contains a direct comparison between the invitation of wisdom and folly along with a contrast between the wise and mockers.


Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Read: Proverbs 4:23

Listen: Proverbs 4


Perhaps Solomon imagined a watchman when telling his son to “guard” his heart. A watchman is tasked to protect something and to vigilantly look out for anything that might cause damage or destruction. He is to be alert as he continually looks for danger from every direction. Because the heart is most valuable and the source of everything, Solomon tells his son to act as a watchman over his heart. He was to protect it at all costs.

We’re familiar with protection. We lock our doors at night, buckle up in our cars and wear helmets when riding bikes. Sports stars and celebrities hire bodyguards, and we protect our technology with passwords. But while we “guard” things all the time, many of us leave the most crucial thing unguarded—our hearts. We do this most frequently with our eyes, ears and mind (thoughts).

Our eyes can be occupied with what we don’t have and what others do. They watch shows and movies with values much different than the teachings of Jesus. Or they secretly view pornography. Our ears might listen to angry, cynical voices on the radio or in podcasts. Or we habitually listen to music with hateful, violent and impure lyrics. Our thoughts might automatically believe the worst about someone or secretly hope that someone will fail. Our heart is unguarded in all these ways and more.


Step up the guard around your heart by choosing one thing you need to remove from your life. It could be a TV program, a favorite musical artist or what you see on your computer when no one is around. Ask God for his help and wisdom as you protect your heart today.

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