Written on the Heart
Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 2-3
Key verse: Proverbs 3:3
Love and faithfulness; written on the tablet of the heart. That’s what the book of Proverbs advises.
It’s good advice.
There are many ways in life to build a reputation, good or otherwise. When young, some want to be known for their good looks or for being the best ball player or the life of the party. A few more years go by, and now some desire a reputation of being a savvy businessperson or for owning the fanciest car or biggest house in town. Still more years pass, and now, others want to be known for having married the best looking man or woman or for being a “star” – one way or another. And some, sadly, when life comes to a close – well, all they want is to be known for having been rich or powerful or…who knows what.
But there are others – wise and prudent – who desire something much deeper and more profound.
They want to be a person of faith; a person motivated by love and by the call of God.
Their desire isn’t for fame or power – it’s to ultimately “have a good name in the sight of God and man.”
They have written things of real value on the tablet of their hearts.
It’s a matter of choice – not always a simple choice – but choice just the same. And it’s one choice we all have to make, one way or another.
There is another word of counsel from Proverbs. It comes right after the one about writing love and faithfulness on the heart. They are some of the greatest words of scripture in the entire Bible.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
That’s how to do it. That’s how to begin writing love and faithfulness on your heart. By trusting God with all your heart and by leaning on Him.
Do that – and your life will unfold – just as it should.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to write your counsel on my heart, that I may live a life of love. AMEN.