This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
Reading For Today: Proverb Chapter 18
Gold Nugget Verse 2:“A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.”
The popular teaching in today’s society is, “Follow your heart”. There may not be a more foolish bit of advice than this “follow your heart” advice. The old saying, “Hell ispaved with good intentions" has some legitimate value to it. We wouldn’t head for a destination that we’ve never been to with merely good intentions. We would want facts. We would not be satisfied with following our heart. When it comes right down to it, truth trumps both intentions and heart’s desires. My heart may want to take I-10 to Ohio, but I’ll never get there. With an illustration like that, we would quickly agree that we need directions, accuracy and truth to reach our destination. We want maps, GPS and instructions that are 100% accurate without opinion or suggestions. If this is all true concerning driving from Texas to Ohio, why in the world would we accept any other standards when we travel though life with heaven as our destination? When making decisions about the direction we go in and the manner in which we travel, we should not be following our heart or our good intentions. We should be asking, “What do the Scriptures say about my direction and means of travel? The Word of God (Truth) trumps both intentions and heart’s desires. We should be focused on what He has to say about the decisions we make for everyday living. My heart can be misleading and my intentions can be carnal, but the Word of God is ever true and always applicable. I know someone that has recently made a life altering decision that this person admits is not what God wants, but what they know needs to be done. This person is following their heart with good intentions down a path to sure destruction. Remember today’s “gold nugget, “A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.”
Lord, I pray for my friend that is allowing their heart to go against your Word. I also pray that I remember this perspective when I am in their shoes. Help me to have the commitment to your Word and truth that will trump my heart’s desires and good intentions when they do not agree with your word. Amen