The Wellspring of Life
There is an old saying: “Garbage in, garbage out,” and another one that declares, “You are what you eat.” We know these are truths that apply to our physical bodies, in that we can’t eat donuts and ice cream all day and expect to be healthy. But the truth of those sayings goes far beyond our physical beings. Oswald Chambers referred to the heart as the “birthplace of words.”
As believers, most of us don’t knowingly feed garbage into our hearts, but we live in a world that thrives on garbage, though much of it is masqueraded as “art,” in one form or another. We are therefore inundated with that garbage on a daily basis, and it takes a concerted effort to keep from ingesting at least some of it.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us of the importance of making that concerted effort: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” God has called us to speak words of life to a dying world—a world that subsists on garbage because it knows nothing else. The only way we can effectively do that is to be sure we faithfully and continually feed into our hearts the life-giving Word of God so that in turn those words of life will flow from our hearts each time we speak. There is no other way to guard the birthplace of words—our hearts—from ingesting the garbage of a corrupt world than to fill it with God’s Word. Only then can the “wellspring of life” operate as God has purposed.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me keep Your words close to my heart and on the tip of my tongue.
“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee,” Ps. 119:11 KJV.
Today’s devotion is by Kathi Macias, award-winning author of nearly 30 books, including Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today. She penned the best-selling devotional A Moment a Day and assisted with Zondervan’s New Women’s Devotional Bible. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.