Originally published February 24, 2010
"These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."
Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)
For the past week across several different sources, God continues to open my eyes to see just how much He desires the entirety of our hearts.
No matter how much we work, serve, or speak on behalf of God, if our hearts aren't fully into Him, He sees through us.
I often rely on my words and actions to show God and others how devoted I am, but my heart simply does not line up.
Then there are times where my actions seem to say, "Lord, you take this portion of my heart, but I'm going to keep the rest so it's free to roam where it wants. I can't be expected to give it all to you."
It's easy to find yourself in a place where your heart has wandered; I find myself here nearly every day. But though we wander, our God still wants us, and He doesn't give up on His pursuit of our hearts. Sometimes, I have a hard time actually believing that.
In Ruthless Trust, by Brennan Manning, he writes:
"What he is after is us--our laughter, our tears, our dreams, our fears, our heart of hearts. Remember his lament in Isaiah, that though his people were performing all their duties, 'their hearts are far from me.' How few of us truly believe this. We've never been wanted for our heart, our truest self, not really, not for long. The thought that God wants our heart seems too good to be true."
Ahhh....I love that! It might seem to good to be true, but it's true! God wants our hearts. Even the parts we are terrified to show anyone else, God sees them, and He still desires us.
Today, may we rest confidently in the truth that we are desired. As that truth sets in, may we begin to discover the freedom found in surrendering our hearts to the One who longs for them more than we can begin fathom.
"I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free."
Psalm 119: 32