Many see the Word of God. . .few observe!
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
23 Above all else, guardf your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.g
This scripture has been a key verse in my mind for many years. It speaks of the tenderness of a person's heart and the need to pay attention to it.
It is just like my young grandsons, they do not fully understand the danger that a road presents. They need help recognizing a clear boundary that will protect them from passing cars. The heart of a child is carefree and full of wonder. They don’t comprehend the danger!
Our hearts are the same. Life is hard and can leave deep scars on our soul and hearts if we don’t pay attention to it. So, pay attention to your heart as you would a five year old child.
I want to focus on the reason why you should pay attention to the heart and keep it tender. It is the source of life! The Hebrew word towtsa’ah means entry/exit point or the source of life.
A tender heart is the place where God breathes life into us. A calloused and hard heart is slow to recognize the truth of God. Our heart is the place where something begins. It is where it springs into being. It is conceived as a source.
- 8444 תֹּוצָאֹות [towtsaʾah, totsaʾah /to·tsaw·aw/] n f. From 3318; TWOT 893e; GK 9362; 23 occurrences; AV translates as “goings out” 11 times, “outgoings” seven times, “going forth” twice, “issues” twice, and “borders” once. 1 outgoing, border, a going out, extremity, end, source, escape. 1A outgoing, extremity (of border). 1B source (of life). 1C escape (from death). (1)
Make sure your heart is fresh and tender. Then the Word of God can easily soak in and guide your soul.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
f See 2 Ki 10:31
g Pr 10:11; Lk 6:45
The New International Version. (2011). (Pr 4:23). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
(1) Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.
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