Tuesday, October 18, 2011

31 Days to His Heart :: Why the heart gives life to lies {Day 18}

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I’m humbly treading the hallowed ground of the Heart of God for the 31 days of October.  First we look deep into the Beauty of His heart, shown through God the Father and His Son Jesus, then, we peer into the fragile and yet powerful role of our own hearts as we seek His and learn to live it in this world.  To read the entire series go{here} 31 Days to His Heart.

May YOU be blessed with a touch of Him TODAY…He who desires and is Fully Worthy of ALL of our hearts!

 

How did we get here?

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things,
   and desperately sick;
   who can understand it?

This is not what God intended.

He intended for the heart to be in full union and glory with Himself.  It was designed for no other purpose than to love with all of itself; to live in worship—honoring and glorifying Him.

So how did the heart become so desperately sick; so deceitful, chock full of lies that greedily gobble up life and strangle out all of the good?

It only took one lie.

The greatest lie of all.  To doubt the heart of God.  That one seed of doubt {whether God had the best intentions for us} was all that was needed to sicken and overtake the heart.

We know that there is no relationship, no true relationship without trust.  It is the breath of relationship.  And if we could imagine perfection in relationship: only good, beauty, union, love, joy, life, then the tiniest doubt would mar the entirety of perfection.

But, still, I want to know why?  Why would God create image-bearers with hearts susceptible to attack; the enemy and his lies?

I want to ask Eve what perfection felt like and HOW, HOW could the deception have felt better?!

I could think of many responses that would be wordy conjecture and so I will refrain, but I do know this.

The Heart of God is full of love, relationship-driven, good, merciful, gracious, and His image is placed within all people. 

But we are not God.  Perfection can only be maintained by perfection.  And while the human heart was created perfect, it was also created vulnerable.

vul·ner·a·ble [vuhl-ner-uh-buhl] adjective

1. capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon: a vulnerable part of the body.

I know this because God’s heart is vulnerable because it is emotive.  To really feel and live and experience is to be in relationship and that is one of the most vulnerable things there could be.

So Eve in His image with a heart vulnerable to emotion and sway and with the ability to choose breaks with perfection in the level of the heart.

And you and I know that our hearts {now} ARE deceptive and lies are so rampant within at times, we forget what the truth is or ever was.

And I am going to be so bold as to say that you or I given a perfect heart and relationship with God, as Eve, would have been vulnerable too and therefore, eventually, broken with perfection.

Bearing the image is not enough to defeat the lies of all that doubts the Heart of God. 

We need a Savior who makes a way in the midst of our vulnerability, where lies are born, and sees and touches and heals and restores and offers the ever open door to His heart. to Home.

We need God to love God; be in relationship with God and live for God.  And we need God to find our way Home to His Heart…

Praying His Heart

Lord God, thank you for the great mystery of the heart.  Thank you that, though there is deception and it is unknowable so often by us, You know it.  You formed it and You make a way for the heart to come Home.

Thank you that we are vulnerable and that is all that really opens us up to relationship.  Thank you that You are the Great Rescuer and Hero of every part of the story.  And Thank You for a heart that gives life to lies, BECAUSE, this shows us how much we need You, to come close to You, to love You, to really, truly be Yours.

May every lie surrender to the Truth of Your Amazing Heart that embraces and loves in all of the strength and beauty of Divine vulnerability. 

For Your Glory, Amen

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