Do you have heart trouble? Entering a new season causes heartfelt issues to rise up inside as we continue to journey through sunshine and sorrow. Heart disease is widespread; yet, a troubled heart can hit us at any age and cause trouble in ways we never imagined.
So, how is your heart? Do you have troubles of the heart that need attention? Reading the book of Proverbs just might be what the Great Physician would prescribe for each of us to take heed of in our busy, burdened, broken…blessed lives. The writer of Proverbs describes six troubles of the heart. Do you suffer from any of these? I sure do and work daily to keep my
Many reading this story suffer from a broken heart, which can be the most difficult to heal. In Psalms God promises to heal the brokenhearted. He heals our broken hearts when we put our trust in Him and do our part to help make the healing happen.
The first heart trouble comes in Proverbs 12:20 with the deceitful heart. “There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promise peace.”
Watching daily newscasts gives evidence that deceitful hearts do devious acts all over the world. It seems bad news permeates while good news gets little coverage. Take time to share good news stories from your family or community. When we unify in love and joy, there can be peace.
The heavy heart is difficult to deal with as it keeps us weighted down like a ship’s anchor in an unwelcome harbor. “An anxious heart weighs a man down but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25
Heavy hearted people spend little time smiling and sharing good news, they easily become consumed with sadness or situations that steal sunshine from their heart’s chambers. Heavy hearts can be cured when loved ones encourage and uplift one another. Sharing a smile with a stranger could lift a heavy heart. Our actions and reactions affect others as well as ourselves.
The sorrowful heart is filled with heartaches and unhappiness. “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief” Proverbs 14:13.
Healing a sorrowful heart can be the most time consuming as people go through grief processes differently. God promises to heal and carry us through such sorrowful times. The poem showing one set of footprints on the sand shows how God can heal sorrow filled hearts. When He carries us, there is evidence of a loving God who will never leave or forsake us.
The backsliding or carnal heart can become reality when busyness and burdens reign in our lives. Having good intentions doesn’t count. We must strive to stay closely connected to our Father God and family with tender, loving hearts that scream, “I Love You”!
“The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied with his.” Proverbs 14:14
The proud heart can distance us from God’s blessings. How can we become proud so quickly? It only takes a spark of pride to get a fire going that leads to destruction in our lives. “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this They will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5
Are you proud? While admitting to pride isn’t likely, it truly slips into our hearts without notice unless we stay humble and keenly focused on Jesus.
Last is the angry heart. Anger seems contagious as our world appears to be on the brink of breaking. People lose their cool over trivial things with angry outbursts that spell trouble. Angry people break God’s heart but please the enemy.
“The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this. They will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 19:3.
So, how is your heart trouble these days? Take time to ponder these things in your heart; put in place actions to help bring joy and peace where anger has felt at home. We can make a difference in our world when our hearts are filled with love and peace.
“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips pronounce instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16 23-24
Let us look to God for instruction in healing our troubled hearts. The classic Coca Cola commercial that claims love can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony can become reality… if we look to God for help and keep our hearts cleaned and tuned in to Him.