The feelings in my heart were very different to those I was showing on the outside.
Reference: “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.” 2 Kings 22:19 NIV
Explore: I had only been working in an organisation for a couple of months before management suggested I attend a supplier social event. I was shocked at their suggestion and enquired why they would have me attend.
They said I was able to talk to people so easily and was not afraid to engage with those I’d never met before. They assumed I was a perfect fit.
They saw me as an extrovert who loves talking to anyone. Little did they know what goes on inside my head when I am put in those situations!
I can talk to people I don’t know but it takes some real effort. On the outside people think I’m an extrovert, but really I’m just an introvert who knows how to communicate well.
I found it interesting that the feelings in my heart were very different to those I was showing on the outside.
Application: God has an incredible way of looking into our heart. In fact, He prioritises it over our outward appearance.
When King Josiah, who had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord, found the first 5 books of what is now our Bible, he trembled at the consequences God would bring on him and the people. But God was pleased with how Josiah responded.
God could see first and foremost that his heart was responsive and he was humble before God. The actions we show are important, but our heart and our attitude is what God notices first.
I still have a little work to do on my actions, but I’ve got a lot more work to do on my heart. How easily I jump to conclusions or feel jealousy and greed.
Josiah’s response has prompted me to do some more heart work, so that out of my heart there will naturally flow love and grace and peace.
Prayer: Lord, I give You my heart. May You cleanse it of all negativity, greed and jealousy. May it reflect more of Your love and acceptance. Amen.
What is the state of your heart?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.