This summer we have been studying Proverbs 1-10 in our SS class and it is always so rich. This week, in particular, I was struck by:
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
This verse really shows the true meaning of heart in the bible. The innermost focus of our lives. Not just our emotions, but the TRUTH of who we are and what we hold dear and precious.
We can never put on an outside appearance that is different from our innermost attitude – not for long. If our heart is right, our lives will naturally fall in line. But when our lives begin to show signs of fraying about the edges, it is a clear sign that we need to sit down with the Lord and ask the Spirit to examine our hearts to show us where we are “off” in our surrender to God.
My husband shared an example from Gordon McDonald’s writing. He told a story about sink holes in FL. A man was driving on the road and the road under him just fell…30 feet into a sink hole. Everyone said “Well, THAT came out of nowhere.” But, in reality, it didn’t.
The foundation had been being eaten away bit by bit.
Unseen and unknown to all those around.
Until one day, there was nothing to support the face that was visible to the world and it collapsed.
That is a very frightening image to me! One that made me come home and go to my knees before the Lord and ask Him to examine MY heart to see if I am, in fact, allowing compromise and sin to eat away at the foundation of my walk of faith. I asked the question “Am I living just a facade on the outside that will soon collapse into ruin?”
We, each of us, have areas in our lives that are not fully surrendered to His will. Some of those things He hasn’t shown us yet (for His reasons), some of those things He is working on. BUT if some of those things we are running from, we need to “take heed lest we fall.”
May we each “Watch over (y)our heart with all diligence” so that springs of life will flow out from us!
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