We are all born with a heart condition. Left untreated, it is terminal. So we self medicate, thinking that we’ve got it all figured out. But the longer we steep in our own toxic solutions, the stronger our addiction to rebellion. The thing about an addict is the relentless pursuit to mask the painful truth about oneself. We are naturally bent toward obsessions and every kind of self-indulgence. Bit-by-bit, self-inflicted wounds leave a damaged heart, wrecked by a life of mayhem.
The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle no one can figure out. But I, God search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are – not as they pretend to be. Jeremiah 17:9-10
God sees us as we truly are. We can’t manipulate, stipulate or regulate the remedy. Through the Holy Spirit, God exposes who we are; and once we face the shocking truth of our own condition, something amazing occurs. He extends mercy and grace. I can totally relate to what Paul wrote to Timothy:
I am the worst of the worst, but I am evidence that God is patient and loves to heal. True to his promise, he binds up wounds and heals brokenness.
This is a process. Just like an addict, I am just one decision away from a free-fall into a chaotic mess. No matter how “good” I may seem on the outside, I am always aware that my human condition is fragile and teeters on the edge all the time.
My prayer today is that you stop for a moment and get a heart check. Invite the Lord to examine you and by His mercy, clear the record. With His scarlet thread may he pull together those things that have rended your heart and thus weave a story of redemption in your life.