Undoubtedly, you saw the viral news this past week that if our government shuts down the southern border, the United States would run out of avocados in 3 weeks. 3 WEEKS!!! As soon as I heard this, the thing that immediately came to mind was the “free shavacado” viral video. (Google it, you’ll thank me.) And while this kind of news is the best subject matter for late night talk show monologues, I want to catch a spiritual insight from it for you today. No politics in this one, just biblical principles.
“Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life…Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” Proverbs 4:13, 23
King Solomon understood the fortification necessary to withstand the attacks of those on the outside. He also understood the necessity of fortification to keep certain things out. This is why he compels his children to “guard” the instructions that they have received and to “guard” their hearts. Putting a wall up and closing the border may cause a drop in avocado imports. But let me ask you this – do you think that sin activity would drop in your life if you simply shut down its access? Of course!
I encourage you to guard your hearts against anything that would try to come in and cause you to sin against the Lord. Paul reminded us in many of his letters to “put off” sin and the flesh. God has made a way of escape from every temptation, but I wonder how often we could even avoid temptation by simply shutting down the borders of our heart and guarding the teaching that we have been given by way of the Gospel?
To run out of avocados would be a terrible tragedy, I mean think about the guacamole folks! But even more tragic would be to let sin into our hearts because we simply didn’t try our best to keep it out.