Bitterness

“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” Proverbs 14:10

As we read through the Proverbs, it becomes very obvious that God really did gift Solomon with great wisdom. There are these little nuggets sprinkled throughout for us to chew on and savor. This one in verse 10 is profound in its simplicity and its implications.

We are complex people. We let the world see the outside and perhaps the people around us think they know us. We may open up and share our thoughts, dreams, and hopes with those closest to us.

But only we know what it really in the deepest recesses of our hearts. We know the depths of the bitterness we have felt, maybe for wrongs done against us, or against those we love. We may hide our feelings from the onlookers, but we know.

We know the secret sins that are hidden in our hearts.

We also know those things that bring us the greatest joy.

And aren’t we so very thankful for the privacy God has given?

In reality, no one, but each of us individually, really knows the depths of our own hearts, that is, except God. We can’t hide our hearts from Him.

And blessed be the Lord, He is able to see. He is also able to forgive. And then He is able to cleanse.

Father, I am very grateful for the fact that my deepest thoughts are not made known. I am more than very grateful that even though You can see into my heart, You still forgive everything wrong that You see there.


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