Hey, everyone! Wow. Apologies for not posting at my normal time. I didn’t sleep at all last night. I don’t know what was going on, but my brain wouldn’t shut off.
For those of you who aren’t in Wichita and aren’t a part of NewSpring Church, we’re currently in the middle of a fantastic outreach program called Judgement House. Thousands of people come to it every year and last year nearly 2,000 people accepted Christ (that we know of). It’s just a huge ministry. But it often keeps us out late. Thing is, last night we got out early. It was really slow. I think the Chris Tomlin concert in town had something to do with it. Silly Chris Tomlin.
In any case, I actually had an opportunity to go to bed at a decent hour. But I couldn’t get my brain to shut down. So I selfishly nabbed an extra 15 minutes of half-sleep this morning instead of writing the devotional.
I’m going to keep this brief because I’ve got to get to work. But I wanted to share today’s verse:
I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.
Okay, so this is an example of metaphorical language that we don’t hear very often in our very literal society. What does it mean to write something on your heart? Well, my first thought is that it means to memorize it. But I think it’s deeper than that.
What does it mean to share your heart with someone? What does it mean to give your heart to someone?
In Western culture, the seat of the emotions is the heart. And by referencing our hearts, we are really talking about who we really are inside.
When you give your heart to someone, you aren’t giving somebody your blood-pumping muscle. You give them yourself. You give them your life. You trust them with who you are as a person.
When you share your heart, you are telling other people about who you are, about your motivation, about why you do the things you do or think the way you think. You are sharing who you really are inside.
So what does it mean to write something on your heart?
To me, it means to know something so well that you don’t have to think about what you will do when faced with a challenge. If you know a route by heart, you don’t have questions about what direction to go. If you know a friend by heart, you know what they’re thinking before they do.
But then why doesn’t the verse say that we love God’s will so much that we know it by heart?
Well, that’s because God’s will is something you have to work at understanding every day. It’s not this ethereal concept that no one can comprehend. God’s will is a practical, relevant, day-by-day process that you walk through a step at a time. And we actively have to work at pursuing God and His will every moment of our lives.
And that requires action.
Write God’s will on your heart. Keep your eyes open every day for what God wants you to do and learn it so well that the next time the same problem happens, you won’t question what your response will be. You’ll just know.