Home > Encouragement > Are you letting God Protect Your Heart? 10-10-13
“There’s so much we can have inside our hearts and not even know it.  We should ask, ‘Lord, reveal and show to me what would keep me from doing what You called me to do.’ “
Renee Whigham,  at the Alabaster Circle
Renee Whigham shared an interesting insight at Alabaster Circle this week, involving the Jewish custom of potential husbands talking to the girls’ fathers regarding their desire to marry a daughter.  She pointed out that the custom had been intended to protect the girls’ hearts, to spare them emotional turmoil and heartbreak of disappointment, rejection, cruelty.

This is not to open a debate on the general low esteem regarded women, culturally speaking – but to ask this: is our Abba, Father, any different, in His desire to protect us?  We’re not only His kids, joint-heirs with Jesus and part of “many brethren” of which He is the Firstborn (Romans 8:29) –  we also comprise the Bride of Christ.  Are we allowing Him to protect our hearts?  Or are we allowing our affections to travel on many paths that lead in many directions, and we return from our journeys with bitterness, anger, confusion, resentment, a heart so filled and scarred from our experiences that there is very little room for Him?  We strain to hear His voice, His leading….and we are answered by voices we know are not His.

Turn back the clock – God has dealt with this since He created us for fellowship.  With the voice of God still ringing in her ears, Eve heard another voice – and responded to it.

In Deuteronomy, God knew that “other voices” were speaking into the lives of His people and He warned them,  “Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them…” (Deut. 11:16)  Joshua admonishes the people, “put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the Lord…” (Josh. 24:23)  Jesus warned, “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life…” (Luke 21:34)  Paul encouraged the Ephesians that they “should be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Eph. 3:16,17)

Renee explained, “There’s so much we can have inside our hearts and not even know it.  We should ask, ‘Lord, reveal and show to me what would keep me from doing what You called me to do.‘ 

And when He does show you, you ask Him to take it.  You surrender it to Him by faith, knowing that even though you retain the memory, there is no more pain.”  The “foreign god” of bitterness or anger will fall at His Feet; the “dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life” will give way to joy, His Joy, the Joy that is our strength, the Joy that “may be made full” (John 15:11, 16:24), the Joy that cannot be taken away from you (John 16:22).  Paul stated to the Corinthians that he was “a worker with you for your joy.”  Why?  “For in your faith you are standing firm.”  (2  Cor. 1:24)
Stand firm in your faith.  Renee called it “a pruning in your heart.”  Allow Him to protect our hearts, we who are the Bride of Christ.  Let our hearts be cleansed of how our misguided paths shape us, and be filled with Him, filled with His Fragrance, His Love, His Beauty, His Joy, secure in His Guidance and Provision.

He has not given up on you – don’t be discouraged and give up on Him.