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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Wellspring Of Life


by Arthelo Palma

2 Samuel 1

The Wellspring Of Life, COPYRIGHT © 2012-2013 Arthelo P. Palma

Think of this. Consider those things most of the time you find having the most excitement in doing - so this how Jesus Christ would want us to understand concerning the point of the author in Proverbs. We have to guard our thoughts, words and deeds for all of these reflect on what are inside of us and the things we value the most in life.

I believe the word “heart” in the Bible stands for our emotion, soul and our very own life. Guarding our hearts means guarding our emotions, thoughts, words, actions, soul and our very own life. The book of Proverbs reminded us to guard our heart for it is the wellspring of our life (Proverbs 4:23). Jesus illustrates this point by telling us that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

In today’s reading, David’s heart for Saul and Jonathan’s death was genuine by mourning for both their defeat and life. As we already knew, Saul was after of laying his hand on against the life of David, but the latter was consistent of considering the former as God’s anointed. David believed it should only God Who has the authority to kill king Saul or remove him from his authority over Israel.

David’s humble heart was remarkable from the very beginning. He fully guarded his heart leading to consistent actions pleasing before God. In fact, his thoughts, words and actions were consistent if we based it on how he treated the life of king Saul. Why? This is because what is inside of his heart was firmed not to take away the life of king Saul whom he considered God’s anointed. David from the bottom of his heart believed that it is God who anointed king Saul, so it is He who has the right to remove or strike him (1 Samuel 9:11). With all of these in his heart, David’s actions towards considering the life of king Saul was consistent which could be manifested in his thoughts, words. Because of David’s heart, he was indeed determined to be the next king of Israel.

God’s message:

What is inside of the heart can be revealed through man’s thoughts, words and actions.

God’s promise:

God’s fulfillment of His plan for us depends on our heart’s response. A good response of the heart brings us forward to success of achieving God’s plan, purpose or promise.

God’s command:

Consistency is a must.

God’s warning:

Our inconsistency for not guarding our heart will bring us into trouble just like what happened to king Saul. He was chosen as king over Israel because of his humble heart from the beginning, but he forgot to guard it and so he became a man full of pride.

Applications:

Following God requires consistency in all aspects including our thoughts, words and deeds.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the name of Jesus Christ, and through your grace, guard our heart. If we guard our heart we could always guarantee that our thoughts, words and actions are pleasing before You. Help us Father to obey You to the fullest and we are asking for Your grace that today, You will not bring us to temptation, but deliver us from every evil. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!

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