Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:22-9:9 / Acts 14:8-28 / Proverbs 15:11-20
Solomon pens 3 consecutive proverbs here in chapter 15 that speak of the condition of the heart. Our physical hearts directly affect our bodies…the heart of our spirits and souls affect our entire being. Here’s what Solomon has to say…
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (vs.13) This proverb reminds me of the song, “If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it, if you're happy and you know it say Amen.” Our faces are connected to our hearts and reveal our disposition.
“The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.” (vs.14) Discernment is the ability to sort through life and determine truth from error. The foundation of discernment is knowledge. A discerning heart gives us solid and sure direction in life.
“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” (vs.15) Solomon knew about feasts…everyday his table was filled with fine delicacies and overabundant portions. A cheerful heart looks at life with delight, no matter life’s circumstances.
What about the other part of these verses? Heartache, foolishness and oppression are countered by the happiness, discernment and the cheerfulness of our hearts. Disposition, direction and delight are not controlled by our outward circumstances…but by the condition of our hearts!