The human heart is a precious thing. God views the human heart as a precious thing. The human heart is a precious thing.
As I read Chapter 3, The Heart of All Things, in the Eldredge book, Waking the Dead, I am struck by how critical to life the human heart is.
Eldredge relates something of the Tin Woodman which was not depicted in the Wizard of Oz movie. The Tin Woodman is betrayed by a Wicked Witch. She deceives him by replacing flesh and blood with tin parts. Eventually his heart is replaced with metal–a very tangible illustration of “loosing heart.” The Tin Woodman truly lost his heart. But as the Wizard of Oz points out, he does regain his heart and become fully alive again.
The human heart is critical to life. God made it that way! The Heart is Central says Eldredge. How central?
“Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Det. 6:5) This is the greatest commandment according to Jesus. “…the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Sam. 16:7). “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Pro. 3:5) “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11) “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Mat. 15:8) “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (II Chr. 16:9)
There is so much more emphasis in Old and New, throughout the Bible about God and our hearts. The human heart is central to our relationship to God.
However, for me, there are a couple of concepts that really make it evident to me. Through the prophets of old, God speaks of doing a new thing in the lives of his people. In Jeremiah 31 he says that he will no longer have His word recorded on stone or papyrus but will write His law on our hearts. This indicates that God wants intimacy and He wants us to know Him well. The second concept is found in Ezekiel 36. There He says that He will give us a new heart and a new spirit, following the II Corinthians 5 concept of “all things being made new.” He gives us a new heart and He opens up our hearts to Him (and Him alone). I added that phrase because Ezekiel 36 says also that he will take away all those idols that distract us from pure love and devotion to Him. That’s His goal for us. That’s ultimate living on this earth–realizing what God has done inside us and becoming fully alive to Him by becoming fully alive inside. That’s what He longs to see happen in us and that will satisfy us like nothing else.
Read this post again and ask God what this means for you? These thoughts have ultimate life implications.