Matthew R. Perry

Why Does God Wish to Guard Our Hearts?

In Devotional on May 30, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Why does God wish us to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23)? 

Why does God oftentimes refer to himself as our fortress (Psalm 46:1)? 

Why does God hem us in (Psalm 139:5)?

Why does Paul tell us not to be anxious but to make our requests known to God for the peace which guards our hearts (Philippians 4:6-7)? 

Why does Paul tell Timothy to watch your life and ministry (1 Timothy 4:16)?

I think that most believe it is to keep the outside enemy out — but I believe he calls us to make sure we stay in-bounds to His will?

We’ve been going through the book of Nehemiah — and as I’ve been studying it, I wonder how much of building that wall was to keep the enemies such as Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the armies of Samaria, and Gesham out — or did he want the walls up to help re-establish the covenant culture and ‘hem in’ God’s people. 

When we look back at Philippians 4:7 in how God guards our hearts and minds with the peace of Christ, he does so with the understanding that our anxiety takes us out-of-bounds.  Trust readily stays on the path of righteousness that God lays out for us.  Worry believes that peace can be found off God’s path.  Worry believes that God’s path is keeping us away from the true solution to our respective issues.  Trust says, “I don’t see the end in sight, but lead me on for Your name’s sake.”

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