The human heart is beyond cure through human measures. When we trust in God, though, he gives us new hearts which are aligned with him: God will make you completely new if you surrender your life to Jesus today. Will you seek after the heart of God to make it yours?
5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
The heart is deceitful above all things, yet the Lord searches it and determines our true hearts. We are laid bare before the Lord in this manner. Not only does God see our hearts, he also knows that the human heart is beyond cure through human measures. We can try to change our hearts, yet we are bound in our flesh. We need God.
David cried out in Psalm 51:10 for God to create a new and pure heart within him. He knew that his own heart was flawed and sinful and he longed for the purity and holiness of heart of God. Do you long for that heart? Do you seek after the heart of God to make it yours?
Jeremiah’s prophecy draws a connection between our hearts and our trust. When we trust in the Lord and draw our strength and confidence in him, our hearts will be aligned with God and we will be like a tree planted near the water of the Lord, nourished in him.
Our encouragement goes further, in that God is not leaving us to wither with hearts bent on self-centredness and misplaced trust. God has intervened in our lives. The Lord promised in Jeremiah 24:7 and Ezekiel 36:26 to give his people a new heart to know him. In fact, through the coming of Jesus and through our faith in him, our new hearts come with new souls.
We are made completely new in Jesus as the Spirit gives us rebirth.
That deceitful heart of flesh gives way to a pure and holy heart of God when we put our trust in God through Jesus Christ. So again, I ask, do you long for that heart? Will you seek after the heart of God and make it yours?
God will make you completely new and give you a heart for him if you will surrender your life to Jesus today…