Throughout Scripture we see a woven thread that points us to a need for God. In the Shema, the Israelites were told to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. They were to talk about Him with their children and keep His commandments before their eyes and on their hearts. They were to bind them before their eyes and on theirs hands, to reach for them first thing when they wake up and before bed (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
We move to Proverbs and we learn that the words of God are the key to guarding our hearts. These instructions we find in God’s Word are the foundation for a heart that is set on Christ, and from that, everything else flows (Proverbs 4:20-27).
We come to the letter to the Thessalonians and we find that we are to be praying continually, rejoicing always, giving thanks in every circumstance. This is God’s will for you in Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-20). It’s right there -- to keep our hearts focused on the Lord so that our response will be christlike and God-honoring.
And when we don’t know how to pray, Christ gives us a perfect example. He teaches us to come daily and align our hearts to God. We seek to do His will, we ask for His daily provision and we focus our will with His, forgiving as we’ve been forgiven (Matthew 9:6-13).
There’s a theme here that involves setting our gaze on Christ and aligning our hearts to His. This is where everything else about us flows from. Where you heart is set, there will your treasure be (Matthew 6:33). Where our heart is set, from there will we respond to anything that comes our way. The heart has a lot of power over our lives.
So how do we guard it? I believe this day and age it has a lot to do with what we take in and how we spend our time. Because we become what we think on all day long. I recently saw a quote about exercise that said, “If you work out for one hour a day, that’s only 4% of your day. No excuses.”
"WHAT IF WE WERE INTENTIONAL TO TRULY GUARD OUR TIME AND OUR HEARTS WITH A FIERCENESS AND DEDICATION?"
This got me thinking. If we spend 30 minutes in God’s Word, that is only 2% of our entire day. Two percent. Now, imagine going into your day with your phone battery charged at 2%. Your phone would probably be dead by 9 a.m. Even with 4%, you wouldn’t make it to lunch. And yet, we want 100% of our lives to honor Christ and be pleasing to Him. So how can we operate on 2% (if that) and expect 100% of our day to be heart-guarding and Christ-honoring?
I don't know about you, but I tend to coast on past experience and pull from prior knowledge to get me through the day. I can quote Psalm 23 and Philippians 4 and John 3:16, so that should be plenty to get me through the day. If I'm busy and I forgot to read my Bible, what's the big deal? I know I'm forgiven -- it's fine!