A Quiet Heart Is…Honest with god
If you have children or have spent any amount of time around kids, you know that learning to lie happens very early in our lives. I am not even sure it is something we have to learn but a natural instinct to protect ourselves.
My daughter is a people pleaser and wants to please her mommy above all else. She is hardly ever openly disobedient but oh, how she will weave a little lie so quickly if the truth makes her look bad in my eyes!
The moment I realize there is a smudge on my heart that tries so hard to be quiet and good, I quickly try to gloss over it and hide it from God. I lie about what is really going on inside my heart and head, like He doesn’t already know!
Not six chapters into the Bible we see that God saw the human race for what we really were “and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6.5)
As much as I might want a pure, holy, and quiet heart I cannot have it on my own. God knew this all along! It didn’t stop Him from sacrificing it all to win us back and it doesn’t stop Him from pursuing us today.
“Be persuaded, timid soul,” says Archbishop Fenelon, “that He has loved you too much to cease loving you.” Nothing in you is ever going to separate you from God!
In those moments, I find I come back to the words of Psalm 139 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Be honest with God. Ask Him to search the heart that He created and knows so well. Ask Him to point out anything in you that offends. I know those are the things you want to hide. But He sees them already and He will blot them out completely if you let Him!
I know sometimes though the things you feel burdening your heart, that you feel you can’t bring to God, might even be doubts about what you believe. For nearly a month now, I have looked at keeping a quiet heart but I realize sometimes what we need it to speak our minds in order to quiet our hearts.
Next week I will be discussing a book that I think will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled with doubts or questions, a heart that can’t be quiet even when you want to force it to be.
I have been privileged to be on the launch team for Sarah Bessey’s forthcoming book Out of Sorts and have been slowly digesting all she has to say about “making peace with an evolving faith.”
For anyone who wanders, who has questions in their heart they haven’t been able to be honest about, this book candidly wrestles with issues of who Jesus is, with theology, the Bible, the church, and so much more.
As Jen Hatmaker says in the forward of Out of Sorts, this book will give you “permission to leave behind the stale trappings of religion in order to find Jesus again. He is as good as we ever hoped.”
I hope you’ll join me then. Until then, two more days of a Quiet Heart to go!
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