“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Everybody has issues. The difference between many people is the type of issues they have. Some have emotional issues, others have life issues, and some have family issues. There are people who have anger issues, honesty issues, financial spending issues, spiritual issues, or gossip issues, but everyone has issues.
According to the verse above, all issues start in the heart. What you allow to influence your heart will determine what type of issues you have to deal with in life. If you allow the wrong things to influence your heart, you will have many problematic issues that you deal with on a daily basis. If you allow the right things to influence your heart, you will find that your issues are such that lead to a joyful and blessed life. The key is to guard your heart. God shows four things we must guard against to keep from having problematic issues.
First, get control of your mouth. Verse 24 says, “Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” First, control what you say. A “froward mouth” is a mouth that says things before thinking. Some people have issues in life because they don’t think before they say. If you don’t want to have to deal troublesome issues, you better stop saying things that you have to clean up later. An uncontrolled mouth causes you to have to deal with issues.
Moreover, a perverse mouth will give you issues. You should never let your conversations be such that filthy communication proceeds from your mouth. Filthy communication is a result of a filthy heart. You can control your issues in life if you keep a pure conversation.
Second, be careful about what you see. Verse 25 says, “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” Any person who doesn’t control what they see will have issues to deal with in their mind. People who don’t control what they see end up having a polluted mind. My friend, control what you see, and be guarded about where you look; you will find that you can get rid of many issues if you control what you allow your eyes to see.
Third, be careful about the places you go. Verse 26 says, “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Many people find themselves dealing with issues because they were in the wrong place. Always be careful about where your feet take you. You will never have issues to deal with if you don’t frequent the places where issues start. If you only go to the places where you know Christ would be pleased with, you will never have to deal with unpleasant issues that originate in those places.
Fourth, don’t change your spiritual habits. Verse 27 says, “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” The person who frequently changes what they do is the person who constantly deals with issues in life. Structure is good for a person to have a stable life. Stop changing things all the time in your life. A changing life is an unstable life. Setting spiritual habits and routines always results in a stable Christian life. A person who is constantly changing their habits and routines is the person who becomes unstable and produces instability in others. You can avoid many adverse issues if you set and keep spiritual routines and habits.