Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 22:18-20
Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, 'This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: 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 to waste--and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.' " So they took her answer back to the king.
Verse for Meditation: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.. - Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Devotional: The Bible speaks of the heart as being center of our being. It is actually using the metaphor of the physical heart, which must keep beating for life to go on, to speak of the spiritual center of our being. Biblically, "the heart" is the center of who we are. It is the place of our will and emotions. Out of our hearts flow our words, thoughts, and actions. Therefore we are warned that we must guard our hearts diligently because it will determine what our lives look like (Proverbs 4:23).
The beautiful thing is that the heart is moldable. Some years ago my wife got what seemed to be really bad news and she needed immediate bypass surgery. If she didn't get it, the doctor said she would likely have a very serious heart attack very soon. All these years later her heart is in great shape. Although her heart was in trouble, taking new action was able to change its condition significantly.
We see this happen spiritually to King Josiah in 2 Kings 22. His heart responds to God in humility and God blesses his life. When we look to God in faith, he is able to do arthroscopic heart transplant surgery without leaving a scar! There is no mess in your heart that cannot be healed when you humble yourself before God. Ask him today to help you to set your heart toward him so that you might experience his grace and peace powerfully in your life.
Question to Consider: You belong to the Lord. Are there parts of your heart that you have sealed off from God and you keep to yourself? Ask the Lord to help you give all of your heart to him today.