The eyes of our heart

So many of us struggle with God. We talk and preach in casual ways with the most powerful name of all names. We speak of being blessed and say that we pray for others but do we truly understand what we are doing?

In the midst of our own pain or ministering to others who are suffering we cry out to God in fervent prayer. We petition, We plead, we seek Him wholeheartedly and often say that we cannot hear Him.

Consider this: Is God our closest companion or merely the one we goto when we are in need?

I cannot confess to you enough how much of my life I have squandered by seeking things that are temporary and that have distracted me from my purpose. The more I sought what I thought I truly needed the more empty I became.

This is what the Lord says:“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. Jeremiah 17:5

But when a man turns his heart to God what happens? The redemptive power of God does the impossible. He takes the broken and makes them strong.

He takes the deceitful and makes them trustworthy as He did with Matthew a former tax collector who became a disciple of Jesus.

He takes the lustful, angry, and bitter soul and He says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

He gives us a new name as He did with Jacob, who deceived and lied to his own father, and then not only changed his name to Israel but changed his heart.

He takes the adulterer like David and answers his prayer in Psalm 51 after despairing over his affair with Bathsheba-“Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

He takes the lowly, the broken, and contrite and He does not despise their sacrifice. “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

All who seek Him will not be disappointed. He will wipe away every tear. For He cares for us. There is hope for us all and He has left us His word to remind us:

So when we feel God is silent… Read Psalm 28:1-2
When we feel He has abandoned us… Read Deuteronomy 4:31
When we cry out in the dark…Read 2 Samuel 22:29
Remember all of these examples and more…
Remember that God is speaking to us today…
In His word, In His creation, And to the depths of our souls…
In order for us to hear Him we have to be listening like never before…

As we look upon God with a new found vision; we now see Him more clearly. We know our thoughts are invisible, our spirit and soul is invisible, but we know they are always there. When all of the distractions of life are swept away by the circumstances we face it is then that we often hear the voice of God. He stands not far away in some distant place but at the doorway of our heart whispering “I will never leave nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) and I never have.

As the soul is only visible to God perhaps in the midst of our brokenness does the invisible become clearly seen. And then through our tears and anguish we realize God is right beside us. And we begin to see with the eyes of our heart:

” I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you…” Ephesians 1:17

Andy J. Starnes
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