He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Some call it the heart, some call it the spirit, others refer to it as the soul. The Bible often calls it our inmost place. Regardless of what we call it, there is a space inside each of us created uniquely by God and for God to fill. No amount of money, attention, recognition, comfort or human relationships can fulfill what I call the God Particle. Much like scientists’ recent conclusion on the particle responsible for mass, your inmost place is the underpinning of all emotions, thoughts, desires and values.
If we neglect this inmost place, we will find ourselves chasing a life of ever dissatisfying pursuits. God knew we would need constant nourishment for this inmost place, so he gave us his word. The Bible is a book written to speak to the inmost place. It’s not a history, psychology or science textbook. Those who use the scriptures for these purposes will miss the power of God’s life-giving words.
We must learn to build a relationship with God that can reach this inmost place.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Guarding our hearts means refusing to let our inmost place to be corrupted by substitutes for God. It means we choose to protect it and carefully tend to it’s condition.
Does God’s Word Enter My Inmost Place?
How much of God’s word have you been filling your heart with?
The way to keep our inmost place alive is to fill it with the words of God.
Our consistent challenge is to keep our inmost place in a condition to receive and retain God’s word. If we hear God’s word and are unmoved and unresponsive, it means our hearts have been corrupted. Here are a few biblical reasons why the Bible doesn’t get inside of us:
- Discouragement (Exodus 6:9) – Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
- Deliberate Sin (Mark 4:15) – Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
- Hidden Sin (1 John 1:10 NLT) – If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
- Denial (James 1:23-24) – Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh doesn’t give life. The words I told you are spirit, and they give life.
Restoring the life-giving impact of God’s words is not complicated. Simply define why your heart has no longer been moved by God’s word and take action on changing today.