The Center of All Operations of Human Life

Morning Muse with Dave Arnold

     Pascal, in his celebrated Thoughts, describes the heart of man, “What a chimera, then, is man! What a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos,heartratevitals what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!” Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

God told Samuel, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

“The ‘heart,’ in the language of the Bible, is not the seat of the feelings alone; it is the ‘inner man,’ the real self, the center and meeting-point of all our thoughts, feelings, and resolves. It is there God proves us. No impure motive or crafty expedient, such as might deceive men, escapes Him."

A Jewish rabbi once asked his scholars what was the best thing a man could have in order to keep him in the straight path.

One said a good disposition; another, a good companion; another said, wisdom was the best thing he could desire. At last a scholar replied that he thought a good heart was best of all.

“True,” said the rabbi, “you have comprehended all that the others have said. For he that has a good heart will be of a good disposition, a good companion, and a wise man. Let every one, therefore, cultivate a sincerity and uprightness of heart at all times, and it will save him an abundance of sorrow. We need to make the prayer of David – ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me!’”

 “According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life.” - Easton's Bible Dictionary - Heart.

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