This week I have my annual check-up with my doctor. It’s not my favorite appointment, but I know it’s necessary. She’ll check me out and over, making sure there’s nothing currently worrisome about my health. It’s uncomfortable and inconvenient, but if I skip it, there’s a possibility a problem that I’m unaware of will go undetected and therefore unaddressed. 

I think it’s also a good idea to periodically do a heart check in regards to our relationship with God. Sometimes we live in such a rhythm and routine that we forget how great our God is and how amazing His sacrifice for us was and is. We tend to focus on our current problems instead of the ways He’s been faithful to us and all the believers before us. 

I was reading through Zephaniah when I came across a verse that raised many questions in my heart.

“At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.’”

Zephaniah 1:12

I want to share some of the questions this verse and others raised in me this week. Maybe we can wrestle with them together. It’s a community heart check.

Do I live like I need God?

Do I believe He’s still moving in me and in the world? 

Do I trust God’s judgment and timing? Or do I lean on my own understanding?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

If God came back today would He find my heart on fire or cool to the touch?

“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

Revelation 3:16

Is my heart softened to Him? Or have I built walls to separate myself from Him and others?

Is my spirit communing with His?

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.”

Psalms 16:7

Am I looking for Him, listening for Him?

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

John 10:27-28

Am I waiting in expectation, looking for His glory to shine over the horizon or am I staring at my own toes, stuck right where I stand?

Am I open to revelation or have I given up on my prayers?Can I give more to God or am I comfortable with my current commitment? God always wants more of me; maybe not more from me, but definitely more of me.

Lord, thank you for your Word. Thank you that it speaks when we read it. Thank you that it guides when we yield to it. Thank you that it convicts and calls us to step closer to you. May today be a day of revelation, where we wrap ourselves in Your Presence, comforted by the love and grace you extend to our ever-wandering hearts. We draw near to You today, warming our hearts again. Send us out into this day with hearts on fire, burning for You. Amen.

About megstoike

I'm a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.

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