…guard my teaching like the pupil of your eye. – Proverbs 7:2b
Throughout these opening chapters of the book of Proverbs we read again and again the caveat of the author to heed the words of wisdom contained therein. In this 7th chapter opening, the author states that we are to guard his teaching like the pupil of the eye. The eye is a vital organ worth protecting.
Why would the author of the text tell us to guard his teaching like our eyes’ pupils? Well, the pupil of the eye is where light enters in to the eye and is the doorway to the rest of this vital organ. The eye in itself is the gateway to the soul, for it allows us to experience the world around us in all its glorious wonder and excitement. (I don’t mean the immoral and sensual things of the world system but the physical beauty of the earth itself.)
A blind person can still experience the wonders of the earth through the remaining four senses, but the eyes allow one to take in all the majesty and wonder that God has placed in and on the earth through his spoken word and through the creative genius he made innate to humanity such as art, music, and invention. Would you not protect your eyes from damage if you were working on a metal or wooden object or at a sporting event where you might get hit in the head? Of course! Why? Because sight is the highest ranking sense we have. In the absence of all other senses, we can still take in our world through our eyes.
Thus, God warns us to guard our hearts and the teachings he’s given us, so as not to allow our spirits to become corrupted by the immorality and sensuality of this world system. David said it best when he wrote in Psalm 119 that he hid God’s word in his heart in order not to sin against God. Solomon gives us the same sense of urgency in this proverb stated slightly different by emphasizing the importance of sight and how it correlates to spiritual sight. If we don’t guard our hearts, we might as well just blind our eyes and live life in a reduced state of being and conscience. I cherish my physical sight greatly, but I want to guard my heart from rebelling against God. His word is a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path. Got to have “eyes” to see the light on that path.
Father, thank you for giving us your word that illuminates our hearts and lives that we might live as you’ve designed and not as we have redesigned. Your way is the only way. Help us to guard our hearts by meditating on and memorizing your word for that day and time where we are going to need it to bring God thoughts to the line and overcome the darts thrown at us by the enemy. Thank you for giving us a line of defense against the enemy via your word and its teachings. I guard it as if my life depends on it, and it does! In Jesus’ name, Amen.