• Jane Samuel

Does Your Heart Have Holes?

Let your heart retain my words. Proverbs 4:2

Have you ever wondered if your heart has holes? That word, that scripture, that sermon that promise you were so sure of just yesterday – it is almost as if it found a handful of holes, seeped out silently, vanishing nowhere to be found. “Oh, if only I could sew up those holes,” you sigh, “Then my heart would remain full and secure.”

The truth is, the holes we have are what I would call “changing perspective.” You see, we seem to adjust our beliefs to conform to what we see around us. If everything is going well we are sure of what we believe. But if everything is falling apart we are unsure of what we believe. But God has not asked us to base our faith on the positivity of the circumstance. He asks us to base our faith on Him. And He does not change.

For example, last year I had a near accident that could have hurt me or the other driver quite badly. After the initial shock wore off I struggled to put away the lightning fast images that haunted my mind through the course of the day. What seemed to take place in the flurry of a second left an imprint on my mind that would take days to erase. I quickly thought back to what we had done earlier in the day trying to justify the occurrence. It was summer break and all I could remember was that after breakfast I had gathered the kids around me. We sang songs, read the Bible and prayed for each other. It was refreshing and extremely peaceful.

Right after that we headed out to visit a nearby museum. We were hardly five minutes from home when the unfortunate happened. Few years back my immediate response to that recollection would have been, “Why did God allow that?” “Didn’t we pray enough?” “What more does He want?” But that day my response was, “Thank you God for protecting me. Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for protecting my kids. And thank you for protecting the other man’s life. Thank you for protecting me from something that could have been worse than this.”

If we want to fix our “heart holes” we must fix our perspective of God. What do we believe about Him? Are our beliefs concurrent with the Word of God? Do we believe that God is who He says he is? Is His written and spoken Word sufficient for us? The notorious crucifiers who surrounded the cross demanded, “If you are the Son of God come down from the cross and we will believe you.” (Matthew 27:42) How often do we echo their refrain?

Romans 10:17 says faith comes from hearing and hearing the Word of God. If we want our confidence in God to remain steadfast at all times, we must fill our hearts with the Word of God at all times. Eventually, we will discover that our perspective no longer shifts with fluctuating circumstances. The enemy wants our beliefs to be dictated by our emotions and feelings. But relying on our fickle emotions will create a cacophony of doubt and unbelief. Our hearts have the capacity to retain His Word.

Even if we struggle to believe a certain aspect of God’s character in the light of dire circumstances let’s be encouraged that our Lord appreciates honesty. We can approach Him like the father in the Gospels who said, “Lord, I do believe, but help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24

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