“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:3&5 NIV
I love the poetry and the imagery of the Bible. Psalms and Proverbs, Isaiah, and Job. This week in my reading, I am in Proverbs. All of the wisdom that King Solomon was gifted by God, he has written down for us with beautiful words and images. “The tablet of your heart.”
Our hearts are important. Samuel 16:7 tells us that “the Lord looks at the heart”. In Proverbs 4:23, Solomon tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” In Matthew 6:21, Jesus tells us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What is written on the “tablets of our hearts” matters to God. Our hearts guide our thoughts, our speech, and our lives.
What’s written on the tablet of your heart? Harsh words from someone you loved? Loser, unloved, broken, troublemaker, lazy, no good. Labels we have given to ourselves? Failure, ugly, lonely, unlucky, unlovable? Most of us have lots of mixed messages written on the tablets of our hearts.
This week, let’s let God re-write the tablet of our hearts! Let’s hide God’s word in our hearts (Psalms 119:11). Let’s let God erase those labels that He did not give us. Let’s look to God’s promises and love. Let’s seek God with all of our hearts, and we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Let’s make God the treasure of our hearts.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week to examine the tablet of our hearts and invite God to do a re-write.
Blessings and renewed hearts!