(Excerpt from Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition, a curriculum by Michael J. Meyers)
About five years ago I started using a Mac laptop instead of my old PC. One thing that prompted that switch was the problems I was having with viruses on my PC. As it turns out, the Mac operating system is much less prone to virus problems. It does a better job on its own, without the expense of extra virus protection services, of keeping out unwanted and damaging material that could slow down or freeze up my machine.
Last time we talked about the good passions and desires that God has put in our hearts, let’s call them the pre-loaded software. We also talked about guarding our hearts from storing up ungodly things, let’s call them malware or viruses, that corrupt our God-given passions and desires. The human heart was made for loving and glorifying God. Sin has corrupted that heart, but by faith in Jesus we can have our hard-drive (heart) wiped clean of sin and reinstalled with God’s programs, so that it is free to function as it was intended.
The problem is that we still live in a sinful world where there are new viruses around every corner. That’s where God’s heart operating system comes into play. Wisdom. It comes from God and is the atmosphere in which all of your pre-loaded heart software works best. It is also highly resistant to viruses and will prevent unwanted items from piling up in your heart and slowing down or freezing up your system. If we, or our kids, want to love God with ALL our heart, then we need the right operating system…wisdom. “Whatever else you get, get wisdom” (Prov. 4:7) and we get wisdom by downloading it from the living and active word of God.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD: