Proverbs 20: The Heart


"Follow your heart." Isn't that what we hear from well meaning friends when we're in a quandary? Yet sometimes it's the heart that leads us right into trouble, outside of God's desires for us.

It's an issue of the heart. When you respond quickly from the heart, drawing from your own desires, oh the potential to follow our desires away from God and into places that break His heart- foolishness, lust, dishonesty, laziness, pride...the list is long. As you spend time with God, getting to know Him and His character, you can more easily recognize the desires He has placed in your heart. And it is those deep desires that we must draw from when responding to the world around us.

If 'following your heart' leads you in a direction contrary to God's Word...check how deeply you are drawing from your heart. Are you drawing from the shallow waters of your wants?

Only when you draw from the deep waters of God's desires and design for you, will you be able to walk boldly, according to His Word, negotiating whatever comes your way. Only then will you be able to distinguish what is God's best from all the tempting options.

Proverbs 20 is filled with that wisdom!

Deep Water in the Heart

20 Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome—a staggering drunk is not much fun.

2 Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs—cross them and they bite your head off.

3 It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights.

4 A farmer too lazy to plant in the springhas nothing to harvest in the fall.

5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.

6 Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one?

7 God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.

8-9 Leaders who know their business and carekeep a sharp eye out for the shoddy and cheap, For who among us can be trusted to be always diligent and honest?

10 Switching price tags and padding the expense accountare two things God hates.

11 Young people eventually reveal by their actionsif their motives are on the up and up.

Drinking from the Chalice of Knowledge

12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—we get our basic equipment from God!

13 Don’t be too fond of sleep; you’ll end up in the poorhouse.Wake up and get up; then there’ll be food on the table.

14 The shopper says, “That’s junk—I’ll take it off your hands,” then goes off boasting of the bargain.

15 Drinking from the beautiful chalice of knowledge is better than adorning oneself with gold and rare gems.

16 Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger; beware of accepting what a transient has pawned.

17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your mouth is full of gravel.

18 Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get.

19 Gossips can’t keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths.

20 Anyone who curses father and mother extinguishes light and exists benighted.

The Very Steps We Take

21 A bonanza at the beginningis no guarantee of blessing at the end.

22 Don’t ever say, “I’ll get you for that!” Wait for God; he’ll settle the score.

23 God hates cheating in the marketplace; rigged scales are an outrage.

24 The very steps we take come from God; otherwise how would we know where we’re going?

25 An impulsive vow is a trap; later you’ll wish you could get out of it.

26 After careful scrutiny, a wise leadermakes a clean sweep of rebels and dolts.

27 God is in charge of human life, watching and examining us inside and out.

28 Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.

29 Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age.

30 A good thrashing purges evil; punishment goes deep within us.

Proverbs 20 The Message

Which verses will you take with you today?

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