An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Heart Foundation

(Proverbs 10:8 KJV)  The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

The word “heart” (3820) is very common.  It is used almost 600 times in the Old Testament.  The translation has to do with our use of the heart as the center of our being and emotions.  That is the way it is used.  I don’t know if the Hebrew word is ever used of the physical organ like it is in English and I am too lazy to go through 595 references to find out.

This word points out that the believer and the life of faith is a total package.  It is not just the physical world and our actions.  It is the inner world and our motivations.  It is not just eternity, but the here and now too.  It is not just what we say, but what we believe.  This is why the put downs of “pie in the sky” and “opiate of the people” are just nonsense.  Faith in Christ is pie in the person too.  It is the hope of the people.

So?  Living by faith is not whistling in the dark, it is wisdom.  It is the sign of a solid foundation.  It is the first step to eternity. 

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