This morning I just finished the Scripture Writing Schedule 2.2 on “Heart-Shaped.” I’ve really enjoyed it because it has made me think about what kind of shape is my heart in. If you just asked the question, “What kind of shape is your heart?” A five year old would probably think –
Adults would probably think of their physical hearts and what their cholesterol or blood pressure numbers are. But, what kind of shape does the Lord see your heart, for He is truly the only one that matters? In Jeremiah 17:10, He said, “I, the Lord, search the heart. I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.” We always think that our hearts are in good shape, but the Lord looks deep into our hearts and tests us. That’s where “the rubber meets the road!” “Every way of a man is right in his own eye, but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2)
But what if our heart is not in good shape? We know that we can cleanse our hearts for James said, “Draw night to God and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.” (James 4:8) The memory verse that I wrote each day was David’s plea in Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” We usually focus on the first part of that verse and pray for that clean heart. But how can we get a clean heart? It’s in the second part – we must renew a “right” spirit from within. We must “love out of a pure heart and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned,” (I Timothy 1:5) which means that our faith much be genuine. Genuine faith which seeks God’s will in all that we do, will cleanse our hearts and renew our spirits.
Yes, if we “trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not unto our own understanding,” (Proverbs 3:5) then, we will be blessed – for in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,”Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) God Bless, Courtney