Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
There is a special feeling you get when you receive a gift. Someone took the time to think of you, search for a gift that would delight, or please you; and then the expectancy of opening such a gift is a joy. As you unwrap it, you see that they took the time to pick out something special.
But the other end…
When you think about that particular person, their likes dislikes, what delights them, and what would excite them. The search for that special gift. Driving to store after store, or possibly making it with your own hands. Maybe taking time and energy that seems so worth it once you find it or complete it.
Then, you wrap it, especially for them. Then, comes the time for that one to open it.
Watching their facial expression as they finally see it. It makes it all worthwhile.
That is what I think of when I read this passage.
My Father in Heaven asks me for my heart. The very epicenter of my being. The one thing I guard, and maintain, and try to secure, and keep from hurts and wounds. It is the place where the real ‘me’ lives.
It might be the very person I have yet to allow others to see. For if they were to see the real me, they would surely dislike him or her. You see, even I cannot accept the faults and failures I have committed.
Some of us have put up a facade of what we believe others would like and accept. The trouble with that is when that person I pretend to be is accepted, I am still unhappy because I know deep inside, that really isn’t me.
Now, as a born-again, child of God, I must accept that I am now the purchased possession of the Creator. And, oh, the price that was paid for my soul!
God, my Heavenly Father, loves me with all His heart. He accepts me; that innermost me – warts and all.
On Sunday, I wrote about the transparency we should have with God. To give my heart to the One who knows my thoughts before I think them; my words before I say them, the number of hairs on my head, and my past, present, and future; I cannot fight that kind of love. I cannot resist that type of full and complete acceptance.
To give my heart to Him allows for the most profound peace I have ever known; the highest sense of security, and the calmness that can only come from being in Christ.
Please do not hesitate, or delay in allowing yourself to wholly and totally give yourself to the One whose love for you exceeds all others. To let the One who has power enough to protect you, knows you like no other, and can work in and through you to do things you never thought possible.
Don’t hold back. Give God your heart. You will never regret it!