Step one on the path to heart-healthy living is realizing we need to trust God with our hearts. Once we’re convinced that trusting Him is our only hope, we must invite God to work within us and pledge to follow His regimen—even when the first thing He prescribes is heartbreak.
Often the things we have mistakenly set our love upon become entrenched in the very fabric of who we are. Separating us from those loves requires radical surgery. But God, our great physician, can be trusted to wield the knife.
As Hebrews 4:12 reminds us, His Word is “sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Elisabeth Elliot explains the need for heartbreak this way, “Because our physical and emotional hungers are so strong, we easily imagine them to be our deepest hungers—until they are met, at which point we know that there is a bottomless one!
He harrows our souls, making us long for something we cannot have in order to reveal to us what He wants us to have, which in the long run is far better.” (Click here to tweet these wise words to your tweeps!)
One who harrows ground employs whatever tools are necessary to make that hard soil soft enough to support growth. Some ground, marred only by small stones and a few rough spots, can be prepared easily. But in less giving ground, the tools need to be sharper, more powerful, able to pulverize any rocks, stumps, and old roots that stand in the way.
Just so our wise Heavenly Father must harrow or break our hearts—before our wrong desires break us. But we can trust Him in this: He wounds us only enough to heal us. (Click here to tweet this quote.)
How is it with your heart today, my friend? Have you wisdom to share from a past heartbreak? Or do you need prayer because you’re in the midst of one? Do you have a “heart-healthy” Bible verse to share with us? Please do!
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