Proverbs 14: King James Bible
The Heart Knows – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verse 10
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Heart Knows
For this devotional, we’re going to separate a physical sense to the verse above, and a spiritual sense. This is one of those verses that we can find in Proverbs, that can really cause for us to dwell and read over and over.
Concerning the physical sense of the verse…
Nobody knows you (aside from the Lord himself) better than you do. At the same time, nobody knows what can make your heart uplifted, or bitter, better than you do. You are the world’s foremost authority concerning yourself, and the things that brew inside of you.
A stranger can’t interfere or partake in your joy, because it’s yours to have. What is causing your heart to be joyful may cause for someone else’s heart to be joyful. But it would be yours and theirs, not shared. That’s what intermeddle means, to take part in or meddle.
Because it’s yours, and is happening in your own heart be it joy or bitterness, is allowed in one way or another by you. You let information enter your senses. Your ears, your eyes, and your thoughts, can all add fuel to the fire (so to speak) touching on the contents of your heart.
You can allow things to strike you to the heart, or you can deny things from getting to you that deeply. I’m saying this with common things in mind, not devastating events that tend to swing by from time to time.
Concerning the spiritual sense of the verse…
Spiritually speaking, more often than not, we are surrounded by strangers that seek to alter our hearts. They’ve got no interest in partaking in any joy, as the verse tells us above. Their interest, is to crush the spirit, cause a broken heart, and a fallen countenance.
These are demonic forces that remain unseen, which is why they get away with so much without any just repercussions. These demonic strangers do not come along to share, partake in, or intermeddle, with your joy.
The thief comes, but to kill, steal, and destroy. He would rather rob you of your joy, and create a vacuum at heart, reminding how miserable you are however possible. Whatever it takes to cause for you to resist reaching out to the Father, to receive his joy; causing your heart to wax gross. After all, isn’t the joy of the Lord our strength?
Yes it is. The joy of the Lord is our strength, and is no less important no matter how we’re feeling. The heart is what the Father is keeping an eye on, what he weighs, a manner of how he judges us, and also a manner of how he’ll correct us from time to time.
So it shouldn’t come to any surprise, that the enemy wants to have his filthy mitts all over our hearts. Why else would the scriptures tell us to guard our hearts with all diligence, if there were nothing to guard it from?
The Word of God is a remedy to root out iniquities that reside in the heart. We are made clean by the washing of the Word of God, and cleansed of all sin by blood of the Lamb.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Matthew 13: King James Bible
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Matthew 13: King James Bible
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Matthew 15: King James Bible
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
As always, thank you for your Word, and your Holy Ghost, who fills us and leads us into all truth. Help us Lord, to guard our hearts against all that would try to come in and rob us of our joy. And should any of us become downtrodden, lift us up Father, and shed your joy abroad into our hearts. So that we may be better servants, and more representative of your kingdom. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do your thoughts tend to go against what the heart knows to be true?