Scripture Reading: Proverbs 28:21, 26
“To have respect of persons is not good: for a piece of bread that man will transgress.” (Proverbs 28:21)
It is not good to play favourites nor to put unlimited confidence in any man, for you know not what is in the heart of man until he has been tested.
Not until a person refuses to steal when he is starving, or his children are starving, can you be sure that he is truly honest.
What this Proverb is teaching is that we must not put faith in man, only in God.
That does not mean we should not love our brother — we should love him and hope for the best in him, but we must remember that he is only human, and humanity is filled with frailties and weaknesses. We cannot even trust our own hearts, how much less can we trust others?
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)
Our own hearts can betray us. They react completely independently from our heads. We can know it is wrong to fall in love with a certain person, yet our foolish hearts will still go on loving. We can know that he or she will hurt us and may even destroy us, but still the heart is reckless and unheeding to common sense.
We can know that our love is unrequited and that the object of our affections cares nothing for us, but still that foolish heart of ours can’t stop idolizing that person and dreaming the impossible.
Do not trust what your heart tells you. It will lie to you. It will even tell you that it is God who is speaking to you.
But if you do what God’s Word tells you is the right thing, and if you do not listen to your heart, ultimately you will be delivered from your own delusions.
If your heart is leading you astray — confess it to God, ask Him to deliver you, and He surely will.
Gems of Wisdom by Gwen Shaw
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