I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin. Psa. 119:11
When the disciples experienced the miraculous feeding of the multitudes, the bible recorded that their heart could not process the lessons therein. As such, the miracle did not cause any change in their heart, little wonder when few hours later, they were faced with stormy waters, their heart gave in to fear. The bible said their heart was hardened. Mk.6:45-52
Have you given a thought to what must have been going on in the heart of the disciples during the miraculous feeding of the multitudes? I am sure they were amazed, and celebrated the provisions, but their heart did not go beyond that. When our heart focuses more on the natural realm than the supernatural, our heart would be hardened towards His words.
A lesson from the life of David, would make this clearer. In 1 Sam. 17, the Goliath experience, we see here the demonstration of a heart that has been influenced by the word of God.
The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented, “All right, go ahead,” he said, “and may the Lord be with you!” 1Sam.17:37
Saul tried to talk David out of going ahead, but David did not allow his heart to dwell on the stature of Goliath, his heart was fixated on God. This did not just happen at the valley of Elah, it has been the lifestyle of David to ensure that consistently, his heart is always conditioned by the word of God.
David learnt the lesson of God’s intervention from the Lion and the bear, and he replicated it in the Goliath experience. That was what Jesus expected from His disciples and indeed from us. We need to pay attention to the state of our heart, ensure it’s anchored on the word of God and nothing else.
This message is clearly summarised in this passage below:
7-8 And since Christ is so much superior, the Holy Spirit warns us to listen to him, to be careful to hear his voice today and not let our hearts become set against him, as the people of Israel did. They steeled themselves against his love and complained against him ……
9 But God was patient with them forty years, ….. 10 “But,” God says, “I was very angry with them, for their hearts were always looking somewhere else instead of up to me, and they never found the paths I wanted them to follow.” …… 12 Beware then of your own hearts, dear brothers, lest you find that they, too, are evil and unbelieving and are leading you away from the living God.
13 Speak to each other about these things every day while there is still time so that none of you will become hardened against God, being blinded by the glamor of sin.
14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as we did when we first became Christians, we will share in all that belongs to Christ
Does this describe you? …for their hearts were always looking somewhere else…
Beloved, the message is clear, let your heart dwell richly on the word of God and experience the Joy of Salvation. Glory to God.
You are blessed.