Is Your Heart Fixed?
We are living in times when many of the “norms” or “accepted ways of conduct” we have known in the past have changed, some radically so. “Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural main stage, leaving a vacuum in its place – and the broader culture is attempting to fill the void. Barna reveals growing concern about the moral condition of the nation, even as many American adults admit they are uncertain about how to determine right from wrong. Do Christians see truth and morality in radically different ways from the broader public, or are they equally influenced by the growing tide of secularism and religious skepticism?” (Research Releases in Culture & Media – May 25, 2016)
While the quote gives reference specifically to America, I would add that, in a broader sense, much of Western Civilization finds itself in a similar vacuum.
Much of the current day atmosphere has a sense of insanity to it. Everything from the transgender bathroom issues, to the terror attack in Tel Aviv as people sat peacefully having dinner on a warm evening.
Then just last week, there have been three events in Orlando, Florida taking place within days of each other. A Christian artist, singer Christina Grimme, was shot and killed by a lone gunman following her concert. Then early this past Sunday morning, June 12th, a terrorist armed with much ammunition, entered the Pulse nightclub and slaughtered 49 people and injured 50 more. Just two days later, on Tuesday evening, June 14th, a toddler was dragged away from his family by an alligator while on vacation at a Disney hotel.
Globally, we can quickly let our minds scan the world, bringing to our awareness the multiplied crises that are taking place and our hearts are stirred. One can feel helpless and powerless; as we watch things seemingly spin out of control.
It is in these predicted times, that our hearts must be settled and remain unshaken, since “we have received a kingdom which cannot be shaken,” as stated in Hebrews 12:28
An Unshakable Consecreation To God
I think of Daniel, a young man who was likely from an upper-class family in Jerusalem, then suddenly deported to Babylon and serving in Nebuchadnezzar’s court. Life had radically changed for him. Nothing about his current day surroundings were the same. A way of life he had known and lived, and had probably envisioned for his future, had suddenly changed. His future now looked very different. It must have been somewhat of a shock to his well laid plans, yet how could he have known that even in the midst of what felt like upheaval and turmoil, he would one day be an advisor to foreign kings!
Yet, Daniel had made an unshakable consecration and commitment to God, and His people that would be tested. From his decision not to eat the king’s food to the refusal to bow to the image of the King, Daniel and his friends displayed an uncompromising spirit. That test would reveal the ultimate power and authority of God on their behalf.
“We cannot be subject to the insanity of the world. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” I Cor 3:19
It is the wisdom of God that will settle your heart. It is the wisdom of heaven that sees everything from an eternal point of view. His wisdom sees everything in focus.
Daniel said, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are His.” He had settled it in his heart. He knew who God was. He had a Majesty mindset!
Guard Your Heart
A powerful way to guard your heart is found in Colossians 3:1-3. It speaks to your new stature and your new persona.
If then you were raised with Christ,
SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE,
Where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
SET YOUR MIND on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you died, and YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN with Christ in God.
God intends that we be so established and stabilized by heavens eternal prospective that we live on earth in a way that brings His peace and speaks His wisdom into every situation. When we are, our hearts will be fixed and we will be unshakable in our faith, just like Daniel.
Have you, like Daniel, made an unshakable consecration to God?
Does your life strongly affirm this truth?
Are your feet firmly planted on the unshakable foundation of Christ, who is our solid rock?