Many live marginalized lives when all of us can be blest by God and have His favor. Most search for secrets to His blessings and gifts. Many become angry at those who are enjoying life more than they are and become resentful at God for His blessings to, on, or for others. It’s “wrong” for people to have more than they do.
God has no secrets and no favorites. All of us have equal access to Him and His word. It is our choice as to whether or not we will take advantage of what He has to offer us. And, furthermore, it is our responsibility - if we choose - to seek His favor: His grace and goodness.
But there certainly are conditions. For example: “A man of perverse heart does not prosper, he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.” Here is a good starting point if we want God’s blessings: is my heart clean and pure or perverse and deceitful?
God gives one reminder that we must never forget. What is in the heart inevitably comes out of our mouths. There is no way around that God-given admonition. Our hearts are the center of our universe and what is in our heart becomes the foundation of our life. Our heart is what drives us. So, if we bow to and worship money, we will do whatever it takes to get it - even if it is wrong and harms others. The same would go for fame or power or prestige.
If God is not at the center of our heart, something else is and that is what we will live and die for. There are many who want to have it both ways: do whatever to get whatever they want, and then give God whatever is left. That’s the description of a perverse and deceitful mind.
Prayer: This day, Lord, can be a day when we focus on “hearts.” May we look deep inside our heart and carefully examine its contents, and then get rid of all our sins. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 17:20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper, he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.”