The Cure For A Restless Heart

I believe St. Augustine put it best when he said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” In the Greek the word for heart is “kär-dē’-ä”. Kär-dē’-ä in the biblical usage for heart meant the center of all physical and spiritual life. Your heart is everything that you are. Think about it, your heart is the reason that you are alive. If you have no heart you would have no life, and if your heart stops beating you die. That is why in the Greek of its meaning’s is that your heart is all that you are.

Now when the Lord Jesus came to the earth, a man came up to Him and asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him,”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”(Matthew 22:36-40). The word used for heart in this passage is kär-dē’-ä. Look though, Jesus does not just stop at the heart, which is already represented as all that you are. He goes on saying love the Lord your God with all of your soul and mind. So Jesus is saying with EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE LOVE ME. For that is the reason that we were created, to love God. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever, that is the Chief End of Man. That is the only way that we will ever have joy, satisfaction, and peace.

Do not think that God is being self-centered by saying love Me with all that you are and glorify Me. If you had a child wouldn’t you want to give him or her the best gift in the world? And when they received that precious gift wouldn’t they say how much they love it? Or how great it is? If not, their joy would not be full, for our joy is made complete in expressing how great something is (giving it praise). It is the same way with God. Since God is the best gift ever, He gives us Himself, and He does not hold back. So when we receive Him, naturally we say, “Praise you Lord! I love You more than anything Jesus! Glory to Your holy Name!.” And we will never cease to give Jesus praise. He gives us everything we could ever desire in Him; completely independent of anything else, when we deserve damnation and separation from Him forever. How great is God? By giving praising Christ and loving Him with everything that we are, we are ultimately and infinitely satisfied in Him. See we do this all the time with creation, but we never do it to the Creator. Herein lies our hearts disease of restlessness and longing.

Recently in reading the Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer says before we sinned against God that, “In the deep heart of man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come.” In our hearts was God, He lived in us. That is the ultimate joy of life; to have God’s Presence living inside of us. But because of sin, The Lord our God, our Maker, and everything that we are was ruthlessly forced out of our hearts and things took their shameful place on the Throne of our hearts. Tozer says, “Men  have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk, stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne.” Our hearts are not only restless when they do not rest in Christ, but they are restless when God does not rest in them on the Throne, getting all of our love, adoration, and worship.

In conclusion, Jesus is enough. So many times i fail to realize that every morning, before i get out of bed, i must say to the Lord, “Jesus, please come into my heart, and live in my heart as Lord and Master on the Throne of my heart by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Do not let anything take Your place on the throne of my heart, for my heart belongs to You and is Your throne, and Yours alone. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” Please pray this with me today, for Christ is worthy of our hearts.

photo: JesusChristblog.blog.com

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