Lifelines:

The Proverbs of Solomon provide us with a glimpse into the wisdom with which the Lord blessed him. They are a compass that will aim us in the right direction and teach us of the important issues. We will find the true meaning of life and the futilities that await us without proper guidance. If we will learn, they will instruct.

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23).” There is a well deep within each of us from which we draw hopes and dreams, desires and ambitions. They give rise to individual actions which eventually become habits that mold character and determine destinies. There is much at stake when it comes to the matters of the heart. We must guard it carefully.

Jesus knew. Values decide devotion (Matthew 6:21). We will be dedicated and loyal to that which we calculate to be of worth. Whatever we deem to be important will seize our heart and consume our time, effort and emotions. Choices surround us. Everything is not of equal value, so we must decide a list of priorities. Make no mistake about it, we all have that list, and something is number one on it. What is it? That is what has our heart. Choose wisely.

Satan wants your heart. He is putting thoughts and notions into it as he did to Judas (John 13:2). His was a case in which that internal influence led him to betray Jesus. We will do the same when the devil’s desires become ours. Dishonesty fills the thoughts of those who give in to his advances and they leave a wake of destruction wherever they go (John 8:44). Ananias and Sapphira could advise us of the consequences when we relinquish control to him (Acts 5:1-11).

We venture into the exclusive territory of God when we examine our hearts. Purity is demanded if we want to experience His blessings (Matt. 5:8). Divided loyalties will not do. We reach the pinnacle when we love the Lord with all of it (Matt. 22:36-37). Rare is the man or woman who has yielded totally to Him. We will meet very few. But if we do not give Him 100% of our heart, to whom have we given the rest?