“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Pro 4:23
God references the heart 833 times in scripture, thus drawing great attention to its importance in our spiritual success. In one case God warns us to the “forwardness” of the heart (Pro 6:14), meaning the perversity or fraud it devises. We are further warned towards our careless or naive guardianship of our heart: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it.” (Jere 17:10). The foolishness inside our hearts is much more dangerous than the foolish temptations outside of the heart; it’s the foolishness within the heart that latches onto the the temptations before it. Thus we don’t protect the heart by avoiding the world, but rather by humbling the heart to seek God: “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.” (Psa 69:32; Psa 10:17). Humility is our responsibility, not God’s. Know this, forced humility is humiliation, self humility is dependence on God. We are called to humble ourselves (Mt 18:4) in order for our hearts to see God, and not the foolishness of this life.
True humility allows to grow no matter how much you already know.