Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Throw that heart...
“Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:31-32
The great mercy of God is shown here, that if the Israelite just turn and repent, then He will forgive and heal. But what do the Israelites do, they go in the opposite direction. Crazy talk, but hey that’s the way things go huh. God beacons us back to Him but what do we do? We run away. Though there are many verses in the Bible that shows us the wonderful mercy of God and how He gives us chance after chance. Which is a great thing but all the more, why do we not turn?
You know after reading this day after day, I began to think: What is going on here? Why are they not turning back to God? I begin to realize that humans are humans. I am one so I know, that though it is the had knowledge is that you must turn back, it is the heart that is what turns you. You can be told to do something till your are blue in the face but it is until the turn of the heart then you will not be able to see the results. It is true that the heart is the one who guides. If my heart is fully towards the Lord, then all the warnings and signs will not matter, because if my heart isn’t in it, then it is best to leave it behind. I remember loving to paddle but after a distasteful experience I did not want to paddle competitively anymore. My heart wasn’t into it. Therefore I just fell away, I haven’t been in a canoe for over 3 years. Yet it was part of my life since high school. It is no wonder the phrase, “Throw you heart over the line.” is so key. When you throw it, it is hard to get back. So now I sit here and evaluate myself, how much of my heart did I throw over the line to God?
Lord I here it is, my full heart, not just part, not just some, but all. And here it goes... I’m throwing it over the line for You, Father. Thank you for your mercy and grace.