Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
There are so many situations that come up in our lives, and each of them point to our strengths and our weaknesses. There are things that are easy. There are things that are very difficult. But everyone is really a heart issue.
Our heart actually determines the direction of our lives. It is the desires of our heart that guide us in whatever direction we chose to go. Think about the direction you are going or the direction you want to go in. Is that leading you to the place that God wants you to go?
If we guard our heart as well as give God our heart, we will go the way God desires for us to go. He will also open the way to go. We need to see what God sees and hear what God says. Our heart is the filter that we see and hear God through.
Exodus 18:21 NLT
But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten.
I am touched by this story. It comes from a conversation between Moses and his father-in-law Jethro when what Moses was doing was hindering the people he was leading and wearing himself out. Moses needed to hear this truth, but if Moses’ heart was not in the place or if he didn’t have the ability to hear, Moses would have missed what God had for him.
Moses would have also been in the way of the people hearing from and seeing God. I want to make sure that my life is either a conduit for people to meet God through or that I am out of the way where people see God. It really is a heart issue and a big deal.
Jeremiah 17:7 NLT
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
We trust ourselves. Everyone one will fail us. At least that is what humanity says. The Jesus follower knows something different. We know that God won’t let us down. We understand that we have hope and confidence that is based on something that cannot lose. Again, this is a heart issue. Until we see that it’s a big deal to take care of our hearts we will miss God and help others miss God. That is not what I want.
May God help us deal with our heart issue; it’s a big deal!