Catch Up to Scripture
A friend recently shared a tender prayer request, then closed our conversation by saying, “I just want my heart to catch up to what Scripture tells me.”
That conversation occurred two months ago, but her statement has stuck with me.
“I just want my heart to catch up to what Scripture tells me.”
Read that again and take a moment to let it sink into your spirit.
Ever feel that way? I have . . . more often than I’d care to admit. I know what the Bible says. And I know what the Bible says is true. But when life happens, my heart can lag behind what Scripture tells me.
My faith and trust can lag. But interestingly enough, I don’t have to work hard to lag behind when it comes to giving in to fear, worry, and anxiousness. And I also don’t have to work hard to lag behind when it comes to feeling frustrated or angry at circumstances beyond my control.
Remember what the apostle Paul wrote? “For I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15 NASB). Ugh!
Yup, that’s me. Can you relate?
I so want my heart to catch up to what Scripture tells me. To respond instinctively in faith. To trust without allowing my thoughts to drift into “What if?” territory before I pull them back. And to remember from the first moment that when circumstances are beyond my control, they’re never beyond my heavenly Father’s control.
It’s not that I don’t have faith. And it’s not that I don’t trust the Lord. But my heart’s desire is to respond with faith and trust initially, rather than after impulsive reactions take me in a different direction. I’m getting better, but I’m not where I want to be . . . yet.
Thankfully, even when I feel like giving up, the Lord doesn’t give up on me.
My favorite verse in the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” is:
“O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.”
This verse is not my favorite because of the tender beauty of the words. No, it’s my favorite because of the way it echoes my heart’s cry. The words expose my deepest need and my greatest desire. And they acknowledge that my intimacy with the Lord is a gift He provides as I surrender to Him minute by minute and day by day.
Here’s my heart, Lord. Take it and seal it so it might catch up to all the precious truths in Your Word.
What about you? Has your heart caught up?