David Jeremiah Sermons Today – Devotional For Today
David Jeremiah Sermons Today – Theme – THE HEART OF LIFE
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Recommended Reading: Philippians 4:8-9
Many futurists predict that clean water will become the focus of national and international attention in the years to come. As the global population grows, more clean water is polluted, along with depletion of underground aquifers. Humanitarian agencies are making strong efforts to dig wells in lands where clean water is scarce. Water is second only to oxygen on the list of human necessities.
David Jeremiah Sermons Today teaches that It is not surprising that, in the arid biblical lands, water and its sources were a frequent and potent symbol of health and vitality. The father in the book of Proverbs told his son to guard his heart carefully, “for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NASB). The heart is like a deep well from which flow “the issues of life” (NKJV). “Everything you do flows from [the heart]” (NIV). Just as a poisoned well can put an end to physical life, so a defiled heart can sicken the spiritual life (Mark 7:14-23).
What efforts are you making to protect the purity of the heart-spring that gives life to all you do? What filters do you have in place to screen out impurities? “Keep your heart with all diligence.”
The heart of the problem is the problem with the heart.
The Brevity of Life
Moses went on in Psalm 90 to contrast God’s eternal nature with the brevity of our lives. He compared us to grass, which springs up in the morning and is mowed down in the evening (verse 6). Other biblical passages reinforce this. Job 7:6 says our days are “swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” First Chronicles 29:15 compares them to a shadow. According to Psalm 78:39, our lives are like a wind that passes and doesn’t return. James compares them to a mist or vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes, and Isaiah says we’re like daylilies that bloom in the morning and fade in the evening (James 4:14; Isaiah 40:6).
David Jeremiah Sermons Today is of the view that this is extremely depressing for those without Christ. Lord Byron, in his poem “On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year,” bemoaned: “My days are in the yellow leaf; the flowers and fruits of love are gone; the worm, the canker, and the grief, are mine alone!” Shakespeare’s character Macbeth was equally distraught when he said (in updated terms), “I am sick at heart… My life is withering and falling away like the yellowed leaves of autumn.”
That’s pretty depressing, isn’t it?
It’s so depressing that Jesus Christ came to do something about it. The whole purpose of the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ was to provide hope to the world and everlasting life to all who receive Him by faith. Peter said to Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Jesus Himself promised, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).