Setting our heart

Living-Free“For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.” 1 Kings 11:4 (ESV)

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One of the dangers we have as healthcare professionals is to overemphasize the mind over the heart. During our medical education, we spend years filling our minds with a specific kind of factual knowledge. We come to greatly depend on our minds in the practice of medicine and can naturally place less emphasis upon the heart.

We need to remember that when it comes to our relationships, especially our relationship with the Lord, it is the heart that takes priority, not the mind.

Solomon was the wisest man to have ever lived. His grasp of factual knowledge was legendary to the point that people traveled long distances to talk with him.

Yet in spite of that prodigious knowledge, Solomon was not completely faithful to the Lord. He failed to follow his own advice which he wrote in Proverbs 4:23– “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV)

If the smartest man to have ever lived can fail to follow his own advice, we can certainly fall into the same fate. David told Solomon and the leaders of Israel in 1 Chronicles 22:19 to set their minds and their hearts to seek the Lord.

Setting my heart and my mind is my responsibility.

We set our hearts on Him by purposefully focusing our affection, thanksgiving, and love on Him. We can’t “manufacture” that love…it comes as we remind ourselves of what He has done for us and who our God really is.

This is not something we do once and never have to do again…it must become a regular habit. The reason our hearts need to be set on God is that they are prone to wander after the things in this world. If my heart is not fixed on Him, it will gravitate and be drawn to things that are not the best for me.

Take some time today to reflect on His love for you, His forgiveness, and all the blessings He has given you.

Prayer: Help me to set my heart on You and to keep it set on You, so that its not turned away from You.


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