It says in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.“
I’m seeing that I’ve lost heart lately because I’ve lost the excitement that God will fulfill my dreams.
Everything flows from the heart. The heart should have excitement in it about God, awe at who God is, utter thankfulness for what He has done, anticipation for the immeasurably more that He is working and will do. This excitement shapes our whole lives.
I was reading about Samson lately. You know, David should have been the weak one, and yet he slew Goliath. He wouldn’t lose heart at the huge challenge Goliath was. David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” I Sam 17:32
But Samson ended up being the weak one. I think the reason he gave into Delilah was he got worn down and weary, “With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.” Judges 16:16
Samson lost his zeal for the fight. That is really what it was. Previously, he was chomping at the bit for a fight, ready to battle the Philistines, tie up foxes, go after his bride’s family and friends.
It is so easy to lose the zeal for the fight.
Lamentations describes it well.
“Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.” Lam 5:15
Lamentations goes on to plead, “Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return. Lam 5:21
What is the cure? Being restored to the presence of God.
I love this little verse — “Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.” Ps 41:12
I love the mental image of God holding us upright, no matter where we are, setting us before him, so his face can shine on us ALWAYS. When we know we are with God, our heart becomes excited again.
It’s like this passage from “The Circle Maker”by Mark Batterson: “God is for you. If you don’t believe that, then you’ll pray small timid prayers. If you do believe it, then you’ll pray big audacious prayers.”
And Batterson reminds us that God wants us to pray BIG prayers with BIG dreams: “God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. . . There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayer, performing miracles and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what he does. And the bigger circle we draw, the better, because God gets more glory.”
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil store up in him. Matt 12
This word “stored up” is a word for the place people put their most treasured possessions to preserve them.
What do I value, that I treasure in my heart, as Mary did?
Do I treasure my relationship with God? Do I have the faith that he rewards those who earnestly seek him?
Do I treasure my future, the excitement about how God will answer me with awesome deeds of righteousness?
May I be fully restored before the throne of God, seeing his beauty and his desire to answer prayers, to spread his light in ever increasing glory.
May HE and my dreams become my treasure once more.
Let me have the eager anticipation, just for this moment, that today I can have a victory, I can meet my new best friend, I can learn something helpful, I can make a difference.