“Do not let your heart turn…” I just caught this as I read through chapter 7 today. Within the warnings about avoiding adulterous encounters, the teacher warns me not only to watch where my feet are going, but also my heart. My take on this? It won’t be a problem keeping my feet on the path if my heart’s not going there first. This is reminiscent of Proverbs 4:23 NIV, where he warns me to guard my heart above all else.
That means guarding my heart is most important.
In Proverbs 8:15-16 NIV, wisdom says “By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.” We may not see signs of this every day, but look at verses 22 and 23. “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old. I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.”
Rulers will come and go, but she has been around a long, long time. And she’s not going away.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis