THE STORY OF JESUS: Proverbs 3-4
“Guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
For the Jews, the heart was a person’s spiritual command center.
Our heart directs our mind, our will and our emotions.
When something has our heart, everything about us moves towards it.
What happens if our hearts are gripped by something bad or unhealthy?
Like sex, money, pleasure, gambling or shopping?
Like work, or success, or food, or physical fitness.
Everything we do will flow from that passion, it will consume us.
Wisdom is to think very carefully about what we love, and think, and do.
The careless heart will be seized by lesser loves, and enslaved by them.
Through these Proverbs, Jesus is warning us to be on guard.
He urges us to become passionate about love and faithfulness (3:3).
He calls us to trust in Him, and set our hearts on His way (3:5-6).
Is there something that has my heart that is hindering or hurting me?
Am I making wise choices, or am I allowing unhealthy loves ruin my life?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I’ve seen what happens when I give my heart to lesser things. If I am to be a slave to anything, I’d rather be a slave to You. Take my heart!