Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Ways of Your Heart

9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
Walk in the ways of your heart,
And in the sight of your eyes;
But know that for all these
God will bring you into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart,
And put away evil from your flesh,
For childhood and youth are vanity.
(Ecclesiastes 11:9-10, New King James Version)

Ways of Your Heart

In Ecclesiastes 11, verse 9, we are told, "Walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes." He is especially speaking of the youth. In thinking of the youth of this world, what would you say are the ways of their hearts and the sight of their eyes? Are the youth of this day concerned about pleasing God? However, Solomon immediately gives this warning to the youth (and to us who are not in our youth as well).

But know that for all these
God will bring you into judgment.

What a good reminder that we must always consider that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. In our desire to please God, we must remember that it is not just our actions that God sees, but rather He sees the true thoughts and intents of our hearts.

As adults, do we still have the heart of our youth? As we have matured in Christ, have we seen a change in our hearts? Or, are our hearts filled with sorrow? As adults, we must put away the sorrow of our hearts by putting away evil from our flesh. If we continue to walk in the foolishness of the youth, we will continue to reap sorrow in our hearts.

I encourage you, this day, to take some time to examine your true heart before the Lord. If you do not like what you see, take some time to plead with the Lord to make your heart pure before Him. It is Christ, and not man, who we must please!

God Bless You,
Linda

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