Good morning and happy Sunday! Today I’m publishing another “Scripture Sunday” post and I’m so excited to share these particular verses with you today. If you’re new to my blog or haven’t read one of my “Scripture Sunday” posts before, I usually share a verse (or a few) that have been speaking to me lately along with some interpretation of that into my life. Read my last five “Scripture Sunday” posts here! If you are offended by the Christian religion, please continue scrolling and find another post on my blog that you enjoy. Let’s begin with the post, shall we?
Proverbs 4:23-27; Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously. Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.
This past week was my spring break. I’m so sad to see spring break fade away, and I’m not looking forward to returning to school with sights set on a summer vacation that seems so far away. As the week of fun comes to a close today, I’m trying to remind myself where I left off last Friday; what I was doing that I was proud of, what I regretted, what I needed to work on, what I needed to stop focusing on, etc. I was’t completely doing everything I had told myself I would do all year. Some of the goals I’ve reminded myself to remember for the end of the school year are to really prioritize schoolwork and my Bible reading and to stop procrastinating both, to be present in the moment, to filter what I say and be kinder to others, be confident in myself, and trust in the Lord more. Some of these things will happen over time, but I want a few of them to go into play now.
Recently, one of my friends shared Proverbs 4:23 in an Instagram post. I loved reading what she had to say about it, so I opened my Bible and read the verse (and a few that followed) on my own. I found that these wise verses are part of a chapter that consists of a father’s instructions. Since God is our holy father, I read these verses as a reminder to Christians, God’s children. I think these are kind of like the reminder I’m trying to give myself as I finish up the school year, reminders to consider when you feel as though you’re drifting from what He wants for your life. Proverbs 4:23 says “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life,” which to me seems to not be referencing the literal source of life as the vital organ that the heart is, but the source of your spiritual life. Verse twenty-four continues to say “Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously,” meaning that you should be honest and not deceitful. Verses twenty-five through twenty-six read “Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established,” which I interpret as telling us to keep our heads held high, keep our sights on the bright future He has laid out of us, and be conscious of the path we’re going down. Verse twenty-seven closes this chapter saying “Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil” which I think is God advising us to keep in contact with Him by reading Scripture and praying often in order to stay on his path, not straying down roads we think are right that might lead us to evil.
As humans, sometimes we need reminders of what we should be doing, whether it’s what paths we should be going down, what work we need to do, what things we should or shouldn’t say, what way we need to carry ourselves, etc. We are often easily distracted by our own desires and interests, but we need to focus on God’s plan for us and trust that He ultimately has our best interest in mind. This week, I would like to encourage you to check in with God through reading the Bible and/or praying. I encourage you to remember that His plan for you is far more important than what you think you want and it will benefit you far more than what you think you should do.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!