What's on your heart?
"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Luke 6:44-46
It takes time, focus, and reflection on God's Word for it to be written on our hearts. Proverbs 3:3-4 reads, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” I read these verses this morning as part of my time with the Lord. In fact, I stopped with just those two verses and thought about them. As we write God’s Word on our hearts, our lives change because our hearts change. The Jews of that day literally wore God’s Word in little boxes around their necks. That is not enough for heart change, it must be written on our hearts so that what comes out of our lives reflects the God who fills our lives. One of the tools God uses to write His Word on our hearts is the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Today on the way to work, I headed to Costco to fill up my car with gas. As I was heading back to the freeway, I could see that the car in front of me was moving very slowly, too slowly to merge onto the freeway well. I moved up close hoping to push him a little, but he continued to creep along. As we rounded onto the freeway, it was clear that there would be brake lights behind us. As soon as an opening appeared in the next lane, I zipped out and around the car. As I passed, I noticed an elderly gentleman, focusing very intently on driving.
At that point, the Holy Spirit brought back to my mind the verses I had meditated on this morning. Had my actions been loving? Why did his slowness bother me? Was I concerned for our safety, or was it just that I wanted to go faster? Unfortunately, my focus was on my agenda. There was no road rage, just the reminder that God is still working on my heart, a heart that could have been more patient, a heart that He wants to beat to His drum and not mine.
My encouragement to you is immerse yourself in God’s Word, store it in your heart, yield to the leading of the Spirit so that your heart will be transformed and good things will come out of your heart.
Posted on Wed, July 9, 2014
by Sam Petitfils