I was listening to someone recently who was talking about David who was described as “a man after God’s own heart.” David didn’t always do what he should, but he still managed to keep his heart right with God.
After David had sinned greatly with Bathsheba and then arranged for the death of Uriah the Hittite to try to cover up that sin. He had gone against how God had told him to live and he knew he had done wrong. But in one of the most beautiful Psalms, Psalm 51 we read how David asks for God’s forgiveness, to be washed clean from the sins he has committed and he asks God, to:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”(verse 10)
Like David, we will do things that disappoint God. When we let our lives get full of what we need to do, what we want and even just how we will survive this day, we can lose sight of what God wants us to be mindful of. When you live with a chronic illness, it can easily overshadow your life and leave you so wrapped up in just getting through, that you forget to be mindful of the state of your heart.
How important is it for us to make sure that our hearts are in tune with God and His purposes for us? The above verse in Proverbs from The Message Bible says:
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.”
What’s in our hearts is what comes out in our lives–the way we talk, the way we act and the way we treat others.
I don’t want my life to be so full of dealing with my pain and the problems it causes in my life, that I neglect what I feed into my heart and mind. I want to be steadfastly doing what the Spirit of God is guiding me to do, so that I might relate to others in a way that is honouring to God.
Prayer: Father, never let me lose sight of what’s important to You and help me to guard my heart. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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Have there been times when you have neglected feeding your heart and mind with what’s important – because illness has got in the way? How do we avoid that?