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3/17/09

Heart's Longing

Heart's Longing

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
Psalm 42:1

Christian author and speaker, Steve Maxwell, says that if we could project up onto the wall a minute-by-minute account of our day, we would see where our heart truly lies. Is it in TV? Work? Friendships? Hobbies? In and of themselves, these activities are not wrong, but when we begin to prefer sitting in front of the TV, trying to get ahead at work, spending time with friends, or participating in our hobbies, our heart's focus shifts from God to the pleasures this world has to offer, and He is no longer the resident Ruler in our heart.

The Bible says that where a man's treasure is, there his heart will be also (Luke 12:34). If you invest the treasure of your time into knowing God, your heart will be drawn to Him in everything you do. And if you invest the treasure of your finances into helping others and being a good steward of what God has given you, your heart will remain steadfast toward Him.

As we schedule our days and weeks ahead, let us ask ourselves this: "What does our heart long for?" If it is anything except God, perhaps it's time to shift our focus.


While His covering, nurturing love accepts us as we are, a time comes when He begins to confront the false gods, the idols, which rule in our hearts. Indeed, anything in us that denies Him full access to our souls, that stands between our hearts and His, becomes His enemy.
Francis Frangipane


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