Peace family, February is National Heart Awareness Month. Most of the time, we focus on the physical heart and consider whether we’re getting enough exercise, whether we’re eating things that are good for our health, whether we should stop smoking, and whether we’re getting enough sleep. However, why not take this opportunity to examine our spiritual hearts?
The Bible has a lot to say about the heart. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV) Who hasn’t found that sorrow, stress, or feeling disconnected from God make a big impact on the rest of our lives?
It also says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” “(NIV) Sometimes we don’t even understand why we feel a certain way, and we can deny certain feelings and problems, but it’s important to take time to examine ourselves.
Thankfully, God isn’t confused or deceived about what’s really going on. It says in I Samuel 16:7, “…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV) God cares more about what’s going on in our hearts than about how successful and put-together we look on the outside.
Peace family, what do you have in your heart? What stress is affecting your life, and what’s going on emotionally?
If you can, set some time aside this week to be with God and face your thoughts and feelings. It can be daunting and painful, but God is more powerful than even your most powerful or painful secrets. He is greater than every unmet longing and sorrow. Hand your burdens over to him, be honest, find freedom, and be open to areas where God might want to work. God wants to move in your life, but we need to take time to listen so that our hearts can be in tune with his. My prayer for you today, is that God will reveal himself to you in a deeper way than ever before.