Book: Proverbs 27
“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.”
I enjoy looking at pictures of beautiful snowcapped mountains that are reflected in lakes beneath them. I sometimes will look at parts of the mountain and then look to see if I can find it in the reflection. Sometimes, if the lake is not perfectly smooth (or the picture has not been touched up) the reflection is a little fuzzy.
Imagine the same picture but this time instead of a reflection of the mountain on the water it was of a city. You would probably think that was weird and quickly toss the picture because it’s not a representation of what it should be.
Our actions reflect who we are. Our actions speak loudly of what is in our heart. James puts it slightly different when he says, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions… Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” (James 2:14a, 17)
Paul, in speaking to Titus said this, “As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching… And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” (Titus 2:1,7)
David in Psalm 119:3 calls out to the Lord and says, “Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!” David, even before he became king desired that his life would be a reflection of what God wanted it to be. This is why “God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’”
Take a moment before the Lord and consider what your life reflects. Do you have the deep desire that David had that his life would reflect the heart of God? David’s overall desire was to obey God. He made mistakes, as we all do, but He was always willing to repent and get back right with God.