Read: Proverbs 20:1-30
Consider: We tend to forget that proverbs seek to convey something profound in a relatively simple way. A dictionary definition is ‘a short, well-known pithy saying, stating a general truth or piece of advice’. The proverb quoted above from Proverbs 20 tells us that the human spirit (soul) reveals our inmost being. Not the person people can see externally, not the person we want others to see, but the person that we really are, what we are really like and the longings of our heart.
I like the verse in Ecclesiastes that says: ‘… he has set eternity in the human heart’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Have you an inner longing to know why you have been put on this planet? Are you searching for meaning and purpose in life, but haven’t found it in material things? God has put a curiosity in each of us that wants to know the reality of God. Despite this many people try to take the longing away by indulging themselves in things that they think will make them happy (eg money, possessions, status). This longing cannot be met by things that are physical and transient. Just as physical hunger would not be satisfied by spiritual food, so the hunger of the spirit (soul) cannot be satisfied by anything physical.
Did you notice the following verse as you read Proverbs 20?
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but the one who has insight draws them out (Proverbs 20:5). Is the writer talking about the human ability to draw people out and to understand them? Perhaps. One human being who was gifted with great insight was Solomon. We are told in 1 Kings 4:29 – God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
I think the writer may also be talking about God, as he is the one who has ultimate insight into our hearts. Does it make you uncomfortable that God can see your inmost being? We always need to remember that despite what he sees, God can still love you.
This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1John 4:10).
Pray: Father, we praise you for who you are; a God who sees into our inmost being and despite this still loves us. We thank you for your grace poured out on us to bring us to you in repentance. Amen