Reflections - I Will Give You a New Heart

Writer Author  Shana Schutte
Christian Column : Devotionals  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer Many things can be accomplished by mankind such as the studying of the stars, the making of multi-million dollar industries or the creation of clones--but the transformation of the human heart is another story.

That alone is a "God thing."

If you've ever tried to change your fears, frustrations, anxieties or addictions without Him, you know what I mean. Certainly, we can cooperate with God for personal change by following His principles and by making ourselves accountable to others, but we are ultimately dependent upon Christ to remake our hearts and heal our broken places.

And I believe He likes it that way.

I think there are many reasons why but one is that few things show us and the world His love--as much as a heart that has been changed from fear to faith, hatred to humility and bondage to believing.

In Ezekial 36:26 it says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Notice that God says, "I will give..." It's as if He's saying, "Child, no matter how hard you try, healing won't be a gift you give to yourself. You can't manipulate it into happening, or do it alone by working your way to emotional and spiritual wholeness. This, Dear One, is going to be of Me and it will be My work. Then, when you're healed you will know that I am the God who loves and saves you."

I love that God's transformation of our hearts is also often done in secret--as if behind our back. How many times have I been clueless about His work in me until He revealed the finished product? Yes, I knew I needed changed so I prayed, and prayed and prayed some more. But I didn't know He was remaking me until, when I least expected it, He pulled back the curtain covering the place in my heart that was once wounded and exclaimed, "Look Child! See how I've healed you! Now you know it was all Me."

Many times, God's secret, transforming work has moved me to my knees, to tears, to gratitude. Who else but God? Who else but my Savior?

Who else but Yours?

Are you frustrated because you wish you could make more emotional or spiritual progress? Do you want God to hurry and change you? Be encouraged. He has promised that He will continue to make you more like Himself. Trust. Believe. Wait. Rest.

He will transform your heart.

"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, NIV).

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