Monday, May 21, 2018
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
A truism in counseling is that the presenting problem is never the problem! There is always something more, something deeper, something hidden. Solomon had it precisely right: The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water.
This sort of hidden purpose runs the gamut. Secret sins and lifelong dreams. Temptations we fear to own; fears we fear to name. We love to talk about ourselves—but superficially! The deep things we keep to ourselves.
It takes real wisdom to bring them into the light of day. As Solomon says, a man of understanding will draw . . . out the hidden things of the heart. The man of understanding understands, for example, that no one opens up to a blabbermouth, a stranger, or a judge. We dare to share our souls—if we dare—with someone who understands, someone who listens, someone who cares.
We might sum up the man of understanding like this. He (or she) loves, and listens—and he listens because he loves.
Who do you know who needs deep encouragement today? Do you care enough to listen?
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. To listen and to love is a God-kind of ministry. Cast all your anxieties on [God], Peter wrote, because he cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7). Or in the words of King David: In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears (Ps. 18:6).
Share This Post