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Project Proverbs 365: the Wandering Heart

Welcome to Proverbs 365! This blogging
project is my attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs daily and
then share a piece of wisdom or lesson learned from within that
daily chapter. Proverbs are God’s version of daily Best Practices:
they help us through good times and bad. When life becomes
stressful, Proverbs are there to help us make better choices. Feel
free to join me in Proverbs 365–either on your blog or by leaving
your daily Proverbs lesson in the comments
below!

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Proverbs 7:11-12 (NIV)
(She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; [12] now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)

This proverb refers to adultery, aka lustful sin. Sexual sin is part of that, but it can also be shopping, food, drunkenness–anything that takes you from God. The adulteress wanders around, rarely stopping. Why?

Because every little bit of ‘happiness’ she finds actually wears her out a little more. Nothing really satisfies her.  She finds herself more and more empty inside, more and more bored with life in general.  She’s having to always keep moving, because if she stands still for too long, the weariness, the loneliness and the madness of it all will come crashing in.

We do this.  We fill our days with all these things that we think will make us “happy.”  If we aren’t “happy” then we reason that it is because we aren’t doing enough of whatever it was that once made us “happy.”  We must do that more.  We fill our time more and more and more with whatever it is, looking again for that feeling.  In a way we are “happiness” junkies.

The truth is, happy is a myth.  Happy is a lie.  Contentment exists.  Joy exists.  Laughter exists.  But happiness–the kind that we’re supposed to follow our hearts to find–is a fleeting, hard to grasp thing.  We can’t make ourselves happy by running to and fro, filling our lives with junk.  Search for joy instead.  Joy is lasting.  Happiness lasts but a moment, but joy stays much longer.  Where do you find joy?  That’s easy–in the wisdom and ways of the Lord.  Read on in Proverbs.  You’ll find those that are wise with God’s wisdom live (more) joyful lives.

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