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Heart and Mind

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 NIV


One of the struggles of the human experience is the tension between heart and mind. If we were to let our brains always rule, we would miss out on many of life’s wonderful and joyful experiences–things like art, music, and, of course, love. At other times, we may act rashly in following our hearts when we should have used our heads. As it’s likely we’ve all had some experience in this area, I won’t bother with an example. 


Today’s verse is an example of one of those healthy times to follow your heart; it emphasizes the importance of placing complete confidence and dependence on God rather than relying on our human wisdom or judgment. We can follow with our hearts because we know God to be the giver of good things. God will not lead us down a path that will harm us. The verse also reinforces what we already know, that human understanding is limited and can be prone to error, while God’s wisdom is perfect and all-encompassing.


The more time we spend studying God’s word and endeavoring to grasp his thinking, the more we realize how little we know. This chasm between human understanding and God’s wisdom is where faith comes in. As believers, we seek God’s guidance and trust in His divine plan, even when it may not make sense from a human perspective.


Heavenly Father,


We come before You with humble hearts, seeking the wisdom only You can provide. As we reflect on Your Word, we ask for the grace to trust in You with all our hearts and not depend on our own understanding.


In all our ways, may we acknowledge You, knowing that You will make our paths straight. Help us not to be wise in our own eyes but to fear You and shun evil. 


Lord, guide us in every decision and lead us in the way everlasting. Teach us to rely on Your eternal wisdom and seek Your will in all we do.


In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim



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