Devotional | The Open Heart
How is your heart today?
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NIV)
I enjoy waking up early in the morning, while the dew is still fresh on the grass and the fall leaves release a crisp scent into the air. My mind is clear to simply reflect on the heart of my Father and listen to the song He is singing over me. Have you ever asked yourself: “Am I truly allowing myself to be known by my Father? Or am I simply going about my daily routines and habits, missing the reality of what I was created for?”
Deeper intimacy means giving God the permission to search our hearts so that we may be known by Him. I want God to know me. I do not want our relationship to depend on daily routine, rather, I desire to live with an open heart towards Him. An open heart gives God the permission to reveal Himself.
I often pray: “God I give you permission to be who you are.” I do not want my own way of thinking to limit God from revealing Himself to me. I admit that I have struggled at times to be REALwith God. Have you ever thought to yourself: “if I tell God this, maybe He will think differently about me?”
I believe that God wants the messy parts of our hearts. As we confess our weakness, we come to recognize our need for Him; if we act as though we are fine, we are actually trying to hide our weakness from God. Openess allows God to know what is going on in our hearts. It is in this place of weakness that we discover the beauty of His grace and mercy.
Being open may not always be pleasant, however, God delights in vulnerability. He takes this as an opportunity to display the reality of His love and delight for us. He wants to take time with our hearts. He wants to know who we are, just as we desire to know Him for who He really is.
He is asking us: “Child, how is your heart?” What amazes me is the realization that God already knows our hearts. He knows our thoughts even before we think them. Yet, He still desires to ask! What a kind Father we have! He is filled with mercy and grace, and we can rest in the promise that He has a beautiful inheritance for us.
Have you responded to God’s question today?: “Child, how is your heart?”