What is in our hearts is there because we allow it to come in and find a place to live. And, whatever is in our hearts will profoundly affect our lives and control our destiny. If it is in our hearts, it is there because we want it there, and it will have a direct impact on our lives.
Within three verses, Solomon describes three different kinds of hearts and the effect they have on our lives. “A happy heart” makes a “cheerful face.” So, no matter what is going on in the life of a person who has a “happy heart,” we will see a “cheerful face” that automatically brings a ray of sunshine into our lives. Their “inside” may be filled with clouds and rain, sickness and suffering, but their hope in God’s goodness and grace will not suppress the happiness He brings into their lives.
People with “discerning hearts” are known for the knowledge they possess. They are driven by a desire to know and to share what they understand. They realize that their knowledge is a gift from God, given from Him, to help others. It is not to be hoarded in our heads, but to be given away as freely and generously as it was received.
A “cheerful heart” is found in one who chooses to take control of life rather than to have life control them. It’s taking every gift God gives us and using it as a reason to have a celebration with Him as the “guest” of honor. A “cheerful heart” flows from an attitude of joy and peace because God is “in here” and will never leave me nor forsake me. His being “in here” is a cause for a joy that can be seen “out there” and bring His blessings to others.
Prayer: Father, do something special within each of us that will bring joy to our hearts and smiles to others! May we spread the joy we have in You with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.