Tuesday, December 3, 2019
At the Heart of the Matter
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Advent it upon us! Can you believe it? Where has this year gone?
And with Advent comes the beginning of the New Year in the life of the church, the days we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Lord as a tiny, helpless baby into a world that would be reluctant to receive Him, anxious to destroy Him, and determined to prevent others from believing in His saving grace.
The odds that plagued Jesus in His lifetime are sorrowfully mirrored in ours. Marginalized are those who believe in Him. We who cling steadfastly to His everlasting promises to be with us always are increasingly mocked and reviled.
The more things change, the more they remain the same . . .
There are so many, too many, folks out there who boldly declare no Savior need apply. The assert that they have everything under control; at the helm, they are the "large and in charge." Never once does the thought, or need, of eternal salvation cross their minds. After all, they are the Elite, the Chosen, and the backwater, hayseed, uneducated, unwashed masses, who cling to God and His Word, matter not.
No one is permitted to tell them differently. If you do? You are silenced, shut down, or relegated to the significance of a gnat.
Makes me wonder: What has become of freedom in this country? Our Constitution and its protections? The Declaration of Independence that clearly states we are given life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because God, our Father and Creator, deems it so?
I believe from the bottom of my heart that what our beleaguered nation needs, perhaps more than any time in our history, is prayer. Lots and lots and lots of prayer! And what better time than the season of Advent, as we await Jesus' coming into the world, to pray for those so antagonistic toward Him, that they would have a change of heart.
A heart of stone turned into a fleshly, feeling one, open freely to God's love and grace.
So, I'm going to spend every day of Advent in extra prayer for all the souls, lost and fearful, who need the Lord in their lives more than they know. And maybe, just maybe, if we all join together in prayer, they will have a stony heart turned into a fleshly one, and finally know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what Christmas is all about.
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