“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.”
Can you relate? Can’t we all?
A wandering heart.
The writer of this famous hymn captured the powerful struggle that we have between our wandering hearts and our desire to please the Lord.
David, a man after God’s own heart, was not immune to a wandering heart. He writes, Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalms 119:36-37)
Paul also found himself struggling with this very issue. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (Romans 7:15) He does things that he doesn’t want to do and the things he wants to do he doesn’t do.
I find this encouraging. I mean, we see these great men of the faith struggling in the same ways we do today. Us women tend to strive for perfection and if we feel that we can’t measure up to this ideal then why bother trying at all?
Just like David and Paul, we aren’t going to be immune to a wandering heart this side of heaven. But we don’t have to be defeated by it! David wasn’t perfect! Paul wasn’t perfect! We won’t be perfect!
The great thing about these men is that they kept pressing towards the mark (Philippians 3:14). They didn’t dwell in the discouragement over their wandering heart. They knew their flesh was weak and became solely dependent on God’s help to use them and keep them doing right. We can use their lives as an example. We serve the same powerful God!
Fighting the flesh is a daily occurrence. Do we plan time for Bible reading in our busy day or do we just let it happen, if it even does? Do we go to church Sunday night or stay home to watch the football game? Do we apologize for our behavior or sweep it under the rug while clinging to our pride?
Coveteousness, pride, and the sin of this world pulls us from God. We all want fame, fortune, the bigger house and car. Our eyes are never satisfied.
We make so many choices each and every day. Each one determining where our heart is.
“We were created for worship. When believers are not diligent about worshipping God, we will worship something or someone else. If our hearts aren’t guarded and inclined towards God, those other things become exalted in our life.” –LGG
I love this quote from LGG. We need to continually examine our lives and turn our eyes back to God.
When we have our eyes fixated on the things of this world we aren’t seeking God. Our fleshly desires keep us from experiencing the sweet fellowship and the happiness that is only found when we are seeking Him.
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. Psalm 119:48
Fight Against the Wandering Heart:
Ask God to keep your eyes on Him, just as David did.
We need His strength and guidance in our lives.
Keep your eyes focused on the eternal perspective.
Remember that what you do today does matter. Make it count for Christ.
Incline your heart towards God by reading and meditating on God’s Word.
Praise Him. Thank Him. Sing songs to Him. Share what He’s doing in your life with others.
Your turn! What are you doing today to keep your eyes focused on Christ?
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