A little over two years ago, Kenne kept his annual appointment with his doctor in order to schedule a scope procedure.
However, the little nurse assistant got a scared look on her face when she attempted to take his pulse. The doctor came in, the nurse brought a wheel-chair, and I got a phone call that Kenne was going to be in the hospital overnight due to a rapid heart rate.
Even though he was five years over-due on the scoping procedure, his heart was vital. No other testing was important until the heart – issue was resolved.
Jeremiah knew that the heart was vital to the people of Israel and Judah. Did you catch the descriptors of the heart?
“Plow up the hard ground of your hearts”
“Change your heart before the Lord.”
“Put on the clothes of mourning and weep with broken hearts”
“Cleanse your heart”
“My heart, my heart—I writhe in pain! My heart pounds within me!”
God’s chosen people had a heart problem, and Jeremiah was God’s spokesman, foretelling the punishment God was bringing. Because their hearts were turning to other gods, destruction, horrors, and captivity were in their future.
God wants to plow up any hard ground, making our hearts fallow and fruitful. Change and cleaning up are God’s business, especially when we bring broken and pounding hearts to Him.
As today’s reading ends, we see the merciful God that we have learned about in the New Testament, the God of love and the God of redemption. Jeremiah 4:18 says, “Yet even in those days I will not blot you out completely.”
Though God is righteous, His heart yearns for His people, even when we bitterly disappoint Him.
How is your heart today?