Do You Need A Moving Truck For A Change of Heart?

Do You Need A Moving Truck For A Change of Heart?

Photo by Kaniths

Photo by Kaniths

This past week my family moved to a new community an hour away from previous home. We are so excited about the move, but the whole process of moving was daunting.

Boxes upon boxes were stacked in the living room, garage and hallway. Tedious hours of sorting and eliminating the old things we no longer wanted wore us out.

That got me to thinking about a change of heart. Sometimes as we walk in our faith God challenges us to have a change of heart. That should be easy, right?

Not always. There are times in Scripture, like when God changes King Saul’s heart instantaneously(1 Samuel 10:9), where a change of heart comes quickly. Other times, it seems to be more than just a simple thing.

When I feel I need to have a change of heart, I often want the King Saul version with instant results. God doesn’t always work that way.

In Ezekiel many of the Israelites had turned their back on God. But there were still some that were faithful. This is what God said to His prophet about those faithful ones.

Ezekiel 11:19:

“I will give my people hearts that are completely committed to me. I will give them a new spirit that is faithful to me. I will remove their stubborn hearts from them. And I will give them hearts that obey me.”

Gulp. If the people were completely committed then God would change them. Part of that change involved removing their stubborn hearts. That sounds painful. Oh, I know it isn’t an actual physical removal of the heart, but that type of emotional surgery can be difficult, too.

So, why bother if a change of heart is so difficult?

The same reason I bothered to move across town. New beginnings, better opportunities, healthier living, the list goes on and on. A change of heart is worth the removal of the old trappings of a stubborn heart to embrace the new things God has for me.

It took a moving truck for me to see this truth.

How about you? Have you ever had a change of heart that was difficult? How did you face the challenge and come out on the other side?

 

 

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Michelle Lim About Michelle Lim

Michelle Lim is the author of Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel and a Romantic Suspense writer. She is the Brainstorm/Huddle Coach at My Book Therapy and serves as the Midwest Zone Director for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). For more, catch up with her at her blog.

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