Each week I am reading three chapters of Proverbs of choosing a favorite passage for each chapter. I invite you to join me in doing this. Here's what stood out to me in chapters 4 through 6.
"Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23
So many issues in our life are issues of the heart. Where our heart goes we go also. So, we must guard our heart. I think we do this by paying close attention to what goes in our eyes and ears and what we touch because those things make their way into our hearts. We must put boundaries on our desires because sometimes our heart's desires go too far and wound our heart.
Above all guard your heart in all arenas of your life.
"May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
A loving doe, a graceful deer...
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be captivated by her love." Proverbs 5:18-19
Solomon implored his readers to love their wife and their wife alone. We must do that, too. So love your wife. See her beauty. Find her captivating. Know she's sexy, cute, gorgeous, lovely, etc. Gaze at her lovingly.
There is temptation everywhere to look at other women and to want other women. Work hard to be satisfied by your own wife's body and by your own wife's love. This may take effort at times but it is something that wise men do; and wise men realize that loving their own wife immensely is for their own good and pleasure.
For those of you not married yet, love your wife now. Remember that she is out there. All the other women you look at now will find their way into your heart. Fight that! Save yourself for your wife even if you don't know her yet.
"Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8
Wise people are self-motivated people. Laziness can bring one to ruin but hard work pays off. This means be proactive in doing things that you, your family or your business needs done. Wise people don't need to wait for instructions to work hard; wise people don't need to be driven to work hard, they just do it because they are wise enough to see the benefit in the end.
So, guard your heart, love your wife and be proactive. This wisdom is free for you in the book of Proverbs. Please read Proverbs with me today.