“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Our heart is stubborn
Many of us want to hear God’s voice and wish we had a close relationship with him. But somehow it doesn’t work.
We let ourselves be distracted again and again, for example when we read the Bible or want to pray. We have a stubborn heart.
Jesus knew that his disciples had a stubborn heart. They saw his miracles and experienced them directly with him. How, for instance, he fed 5000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. And yet again and again, they were amazed when something supernatural happened.
Therefore, Jesus said to them: (Mark 8:17b-18a): “Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not?”
In some areas, we know the smallest detail and can logically explain connections. But there are areas where the heart is closed. And that is the point: even though our heart is hardened against something, although we can see and hear, still we do not understand the message.
When we turn our heart to God and focus on him, our heart will be sensitive to God.
Here, focusing means paying attention, thinking, studying and meditating. This requires much time and sacrifice. But this is the only way. There is no shortcut.
In the Bible it says (Ezekiel 36:26 ):
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”
Giving God top priority
Do you want that? Do you want to give God top priority? Do you want to read the Bible, pray and think about it instead of watching TV, for example?
At the beginning it’s hard, you will always be distracted. Fasting, praying or speaking in tongues can help you. At some point, your heart is in line with God.
Your thoughts revolve around him; sometimes you simply have a song of praise on your lips. The Bible interests you and you like to read it. Praying is no longer a burden; you speak very naturally with God.
You will always have your problems; we live in a fallen world.
But the world is just a tiny moment in comparison to eternity.
At God’s command, you will do miracles, heal people, people will choose Jesus and be baptized.
How much would you like to do this? Is the style of living described above worth you sacrificing yourself? It is your decision alone.