Here’s my heart

March 15th, 2010

Oh why are we so easily drawn away from Christ alone?  Why are our hearts so enticed by the temporal and unsatisfying on every level of life?  Why do we long to step off the pilgrim path and build safe structures around our lives?

Instead of being drawn to Christ, why are we so drawn to systems and methods that we think will guarantee success in every area of life…

…in education, in parenting, in our myriads of relationships, in what we believe about God, in our work, in every area that we have the ability to make life decisions…

Even declaring that “We will not make a system out of anything, because our method is to let God be in charge,” can itself become an idol.  Yes, “good” people can make idols, they just make them out of good things instead of obviously harmful things.  This doesn’t prove that those good things are bad, it proves that our human hearts are not to be trusted.

Walking with the Lord and soaking in His word for many years has not given me some sort of intrinsic strength, it has shown me my intrinsic weakness.  It has shown me my tendency to dig broken cisterns for myself instead of being satisfied in the God who is enough.  It has shown me that any hope I place in myself will be disappointed.  And that my only hope is in Christ, in His grace toward me.

“O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be; let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wand’ring heart to thee.  Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;  here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.”

~Robert Robinson

“Bless God for shaking off false foundations, for any way whereby He keeps the soul awakened and looking after Christ; better sickness and temptations, than security and superficiality.”

~Jon Bloom

“Therefore most gladly will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

~the apostle Paul, in II Cor. 12:9

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3 Responses to “Here’s my heart”

  1. Joy Horton says:

    What a timely post, Susanna! It’s funny how the longer I’m a Christian the more I see of my ugliness! But it would make sense that the closer an object is held to the Light – the more dirt you can see!

  2. Susanna says:

    That is true, Joy!

  3. Thank you, I am weeping, I needed to read this today Susanna. I need to thank you for your openess and transparency.

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