23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.24 Put away perversity from your mouth: keep corrupt talk far from your lips.25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
If you study the location of your heart, you will notice that it is located in between the left and right lung, kind of in the middle of the chest. It is not just covered by the lungs, but it is surrounded by the rib cage. When you look at a diagram, you see that the heart is a much protected organ, as it should be. The heart is the wellspring of life. It sends blood around your body. The blood provides your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs. And the incredible thing is this is God’s design.
Ok, now that anatomy class is over, let’s look at the character of the heart. What is the character of your heart? In Luke 6:45, it says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” The character of your heart is who you are going to be. I heard a pastor say that, “What is down in the well will come up in the bucket.” This means you need to be careful with what you are letting in your “well”. What are you feeding your heart?
We cannot let anything flow in us that is not pleasing to the Lord or that will distract us from our spiritual growth. Proverbs 4:23-27 gives us three areas where we need to be careful. The first area we have to be careful with is found in verse 24, it tells us to watch what we listen to and what we say. The second one comes from verse 25, and it tells us to watch what we see. The third, in verse 26 and 27, tells us to watch where we go. In other words, make good choices! If we make just one exception to any of these things, we can easily do it again and again, causing ourselves to become insensitive to what we are letting influence our hearts.
We need to be wise. Proverbs 23:19 says, “Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.” We need to get in the word, know the word, and use the word to help us guard our heart. Psalms 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you.” If we gain wisdom from the word of God, we are feeding our heart truth. Taking care of our heart spiritually is just as important as physically. Your heart determines the course of your life.