Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rip your heart out

I thought I would share somewhat of a devotional today for a little variety.  I was looking back through my journals and came across this one that seemed worthy of sharing.

Joel 2:13 "Rend your heart and not your garmets..."

I have no idea where I came across this, some random bible reading of Joel, but when I read it I was stuck. You often read about people in the bible rending their garmets in an expression of great emotion.  They tangibly rip their clothing to express how they feel.  I thought about how easy it is to rend your garmets.  To do a physical, measurable action to express your grief, suffering or even your joy or love for the Lord. Compare that to rending your heart, opening ourselves up to God, allowing Him into our heart letting him change us, fix us, hurt us, love us, use us.  It is so much easier to be in control, so much harder to give our hearts to the Lord.  Easy to pray, hard to believe.  Easy to tell people you are trusting God in your circumstances, hard to actually trust him.  Easy to go out and do what is necessary in you daily life, hard to give each task over to the Lord and allow ourselves to be used by him.

So what will you rend today, your heart or your garmet?

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