Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 16:1-17:27 / Colossians 4:2-18 / Psalm 118:17-29
The heart is a hallow muscle that pumps blood throughout our body by rhythmic contractions. The average heart beats 72 times per minute. By the time we reach 66, it will beat 2.5 billion times! The heart is the most important organ in our body and we cannot live without it. In fact, the leading cause of death is cardiovascular disease, the failure of the heart.
We also refer to the heart as the seat of our emotions. Just as physical life flows from our hearts, our emotional, mental, and spiritual life springs from our hearts.
God formed and fashioned us with great precision and accuracy but sin brought death into every area of our lives. Sin greatly altered the condition of our hearts.
The heart was made in purity but was darkened by sin. God describes the heart by saying, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9) The word deceitful means, “crooked, polluted or slippery.” The heart is so entrenched in deceit that it is beyond our understanding and incurable.
Our hearts are easily manipulated and given to the sway of emotions. We are moved by good things such as compassion, sympathy, joy and peace but also moved by anger and personal offenses. We can be like the proverbial yoyo, loving one day and despising the next. Instead of being directed by truth and godliness, we respond with our emotions and sin.
We often want to blame life, others or even God for our failures but it is really an issue of our hearts. It has been said that the heart of every problem is the problem in the heart. It is our worse enemy and often we are oblivious to our heart’s condition. The only one who fully understands our heart’s condition is God. “I the Lord search the heart and examine the minds, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve. (17:10)
God knows our hearts and our propensity to sin. Like Israel, we cannot escape the judgment of God as He examines our hearts and motives. They had untrustworthy hearts that would lead to their death. What is the cure? We can’t change our hearts but we can give them to God who can cure them…Christ came to give us a heart transplant!
God formed and fashioned a new heart inside of us, yet we still live in a world of sin and will always battle our flesh. We are to continually bring our hearts to Christ for renewal and transformation. Who has control of your heart…you or God? It really is a heart issue.