Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 14, 2017

“A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 10:1-10.

“Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.  2 A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.  3 Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.  4 If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.

5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler— 6 folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.  7 I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

8 He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.  9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.  10 If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength.  Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.”  Ecclesiastes 10:1-10.


The foolish man’s heart directs him toward all kinds of evil.  Jesus said:  “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”  Matthew 15:19.

In sharp contrast, the wise man treasures and stores up God’s word in his heart which directs him toward all kinds of good.

“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.”  Psalm 119:11.

“The law of his God is in his heart;
His steps do not slip.”  Psalm 37:11.

“I delight to do Your will, O my God;
Your Law is within my heart.”  Psalm 40:8.

“How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!”  Psalm 84:5.

“I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.”  Psalm 119:112.

“Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.”  Proverbs 4:23.

“The heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds persuasiveness to his lips.”  Proverbs 4:23.

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good;  and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil;  for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”  Luke 6:45.

“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”  Luke 8:45.

“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;  for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.”  Luke 21:34-35.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds,
And I will write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”  Hebrews 8:10.


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