As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. – Proverbs 27:18
Apparently if you eat right, exercise, and eat cheerios everyday, you can lower your cholesterol and improve you heart health. Diet Coke and Heidi Klum have combined their carbonation and slim model legs to talk about the importance of heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of mothers. Stress causes heart problems. Fatty foods cause heart problems. Red wine supposedly helps your heart. Love is supposed to help your heart. Heart issues are a BIG deal. Heart disease is killing people all across the world. Institutions like the American Heart Association are trying their darn hardest to get people to realize how deadly heart disease is to the population and encourage people to help themselves.
You want to know the scariest of the scary truth?
They don’t even know the half of it.
The American Heart Association, Heidi Klum, Diet Coke, and Cheerios are wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but they are only looking at the physical disease of the heart. The real problem with our society, our culture, our world is the spiritual condition of our hearts. Yes, physical heart disease is killing people. But what has spiritual disease of the heart done? Spiritual heart disease has led to mass murders, suicides, abortions, broken hearts, broken spirits, lost loves, emptiness, sexually transmitted disease, homosexuality, fatherless and motherless children, loneliness, and so many more issues. And yet, not many people worry about the spiritual condition of their heart. Instead, they exercise themselves to death, eat a very strict diet, take their vitamins, drink one glass of red wine, drink 8 glasses of water, practice yoga to prevent stress, and get 8 hours of sleep! Their physical heart is in TOP shape! But what about their spiritual condition? What is the condition of their spiritual heart?
Our hearts are very intricate, complex creations. Through them, we can draw close to God, through them we can draw close to others, we can learn who we are. The heart is very different from the mind. In our mind, we can will ourselves to think a certain way, but our hearts tend to have minds of their own. In our hearts, lie all of our emotions, feelings, dreams, and desires. Now if our hearts are unhealthy, how is that going to affect the rest of our being? An unhealthy heart is going to affect how we feel about God, others, our dreams, goals, and ourselves. If our heart is sick, we are sick. We may not have physical signs of sickness, but we have emotional signs of sickness.
We might be lonely.
We might be depressed.
We might be scared.
We might be jealous.
We might be angry.
We might be selfish.
These are all signs of an unhealthy heart. And that’s only an inkling…
So how on earth do you get a healthy heart?
You take it to it’s maker.
Downstairs in my living room, I have a very prized possession that my mom and I picked up on one of our annual mother-daughter trips. In Oberammergau, Germany, a tiny little town about an hour south of Munich, we bought a hand-carved cuckoo clock and had it shipped back to our home. Needless to say, my dad was a little shocked when he got the box. (It’s not a small clock. For a cuckoo, it’s quite large, but if you know me, I’m all about finding some way to bring my experience home, so I figured why not bring handmade Germany to my living room?) This clock is exquisite. There is a pig roasting over an open fire, a group of men toasting drinks over a dinner table, a lady popping out of the window singing. It is a masterpiece! Anyways, I adore this clock. I mean every single time the thing chimes, my heart skips a beat. The clock brings me amazing memories. It reminds me of my mom and I spending time together, it reminds me of that amazing little village I was in, it reminds me of the Alps. It reminds me of the wonderful German lady that sold it to us. The whole memory is just a warming experience for me.
Anyways…ok, I got carried away.
My clock broke. Yes, my amazing, beautiful clock BROKE!!! Tears came to my eyes, yes, I cried over this clock. So what did I do? I drove all the way to Elkin to this tiny little out of the way clockmaker because I wanted my clock fixed! I wanted it to chime again. I wanted the lady to sing, I wanted the pig to roast, and I wanted the men to toast, but I had no idea how to fix a cuckoo clock. I couldn’t even get into all the mechanics that make a clock work, so I took it to someone who knew how. I took it to a man that makes clocks.
So, if you want to fix your heart. If you want a healthy heart, you have to take it to someone who knows how to deal with hearts. You must take your heart to the heartmaker.
You must pray the prayer that David prayed in the Psalms:
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalms 139:23-24
Our hearts are tricky things that tend to deceive us. They get overwhelmed. They get hurt. They become ashamed. The prophet Jeremiah acknowledged how wicked the heart was:
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” – Jeremiah 17:9-10
Just like I could not fix my clock, we cannot fix our heart. We do not know the intricacies of it. However! That does not mean that we are hopeless! NO! NO! Far from it! We have access to our Creator! We have access to the Maker of our hearts. I could have tried to fix my clock, but I probably would have made it worst. We can try to fix our hearts, but we aren’t experts. God knows our hearts. He knows what we need, what we are dealing with. Only He can give us a healthy heart.
We have to make the first step though and submit our heart to Jesus Christ. We have to surrender our heart over to Him and allow Him to heal our sickness.
We must cry out to Him: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalms 51:10
Every morning, I ask God to cleanse my heart, to heal my spiritual heart disease, and to create a pure heart within me. That’s the only way my heart is going to truly be healthy, and that’s the only way you are going to be healthy.
How healthy is your heart? Do you want to get well?
Submit it to God, the Maker, and allow Him to heal your heart disease.