The Heart of Life
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
Many futurists predict that clean water will become the focus of national and international attention in the years to come. As the global population grows, more clean water is polluted, along with depletion of underground aquifers. Humanitarian agencies are making strong efforts to dig wells in lands where clean water is scarce. Water is second only to oxygen on the list of human necessities.
It is not surprising that, in the arid biblical lands, water and its sources were a frequent and potent symbol of health and vitality. The father in the book of Proverbs told his son to guard his heart carefully, “for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NASB). The heart is like a deep well from which flow “the issues of life” (NKJV). “Everything you do flows from [the heart]” (NIV). Just as a poisoned well can put an end to physical life, so a defiled heart can sicken the spiritual life (Mark 7:14-23).
What efforts are you making to protect the purity of the heart-spring that gives life to all you do? What filters do you have in place to screen out impurities? “Keep your heart with all diligence.”
The heart of the problem is the problem with the heart. Woodrow Kroll
Keeping the Heart In Time of Adversity – Puritan John Flavel