A Heart of Flesh

18 02 2010

“I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their G-d].” –Ezekiel 11:19

“G-d puts a sense of right and wrong deep within your conscience, but if you rebel too many times, you become hard-hearted. If that happens, you need to let Him soften your heart so you can be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

The only way to develop a heart of flesh is to spend time with G-d. You must be in His presence on a regular basis to hear what He is saying. G-d often speaks gently, and those who are busy doing their own thing will not hear His still, small voice. Tonight as you spend time in the L-rd’s presence, ask Him to soften your heart so you can receive His direction at all times.”

-Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”

This devotion definitely applies to me and I hope it will strike a chord with you as well. If you are seeking to find the L-rd’s leading and will, take a step back and sit in His presence for a while. I really need this time soaking Him up as well. Everything about this world tells us to plan our lives away and distracts us with a boatload of paperwork to fill out and hoops to jump through. Let’s resist this temptation together. The L-rd will grant His grace to us and lead us into His way, but we need to pause long enough that we can hear Him. How different would our situation look if we spent the same amount of time with Him, seeking His heart, as we do either filling out applications, researching, and worrying about the lack of plan as of yet. Don’t lose sight of the one that is guiding your path. If you will quiet down, you will be able to sense the inklings that He has been trying to give you. He may not give you a ten-year plan, most likely He wont, but He truly will lead you right now, moment by moment.

By faith and hope,