When my daughter was 3 1/2, she had to have another set of tubes put in her ears. We were at the doctor getting all of her pre-op papers in order. While we were waiting, she picked up a stethoscope, put the eartips in her ears and placed the chestpiece on her heart. She looked up at me with a smile and said, “Mommy, I hear God in my heart!”
Wouldn’t it be nice if that is all we had to do to hear God working in our hearts? Especially the times when God seems to be silent and our hearts feel empty. I wrote a few weeks ago about the struggles and benefits of being our hearts being in that “desert” place, but I think this is different.
I think we can be close to God, but our hearts can feel empty because of a certain circumstance we are dealing with, an answer we are waiting on from the Lord, a lesson we are learning, a broken promise, deception from someone we have trusted, etc.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23
As I looked up passages in the bible that referenced the heart, I read that the heart can harden, weep, rejoice, yearn, fail, soften, grieve, hate, fear, praise, desire, despise, instruct, fight, love, discern, change, commit, seek and the list goes on. Every emotion we feel comes from the heart. The heart can lead us down the right path if we guard it from emotions that eat away at its core and leave us feeling empty.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Our prayer must be for God to fill our hearts with his love, praise, joy, peace, instruction, gladness and forgiveness. If we fill our hearts with all of these righteous things and pray for God’s protection how could there be room for the things that leave us empty? However, I guarantee that if there is one spot in your heart that is not filled up by the Lord, Satan will find his way in with greed, anger, fear, guilt . . . whatever will fit.
Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; Psalm 26:2
Put on your stethoscope today and listen to your heart. Pray for God to reveal the weaknesses in your heart so that you can confront them, resolve them and clean them out.