The desires of your heart.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death —
even death on a cross! (NIV)
Since the garden of Eden, the spirit of rebellion has been alive and well. Never before, however, has the spirit of rebellion been so justified. The idea of being fully authentic when authentic is defined by feelings is the spirit of rebellion. The prophet Jeremiah reminds us the heart is deceitful above all things. Our emotions and what we feel are very often untruth though the emotions are real.
The intensity of our emotions makes it easy to accept them as truth but how foolish are we to think our emotions were not corrupted with all creation from the sin of Eden? Just because we feel something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. It only feels true.
Since the breakout rebellion of the 1960s, such value has been placed on being authentically who we are but this has been equated to what we feel. If most of what we feel is untruth, our authentic self operates deceived by its own emotions leading to rebellion against our Creator and the destruction of our souls.
These emotions lead us to fully vent our anger, embrace our depression, take on opposite pronouns, leave our spouses, neglect our children, overeatting, excessive drinking, and everything else under the sun. Our emotions drive us and they are driving us into spiritual decay, but Jesus was obedient even unto death.
It was in the Garden of Gethsemane where the Son of Adam transposed Adam’s sin with righteousness. Jesus’ emotions were not in line with what God had asked, but rather than following His emotions, He spoke those beautiful words, “Not my will, but thine be done.”
Those with a lack of understanding of the Gospel might see the Lord as a monster to ask His Son to be obedient even unto death, yet the Father knew the Son’s greatest desire was to see every soul saved and none fall into eternal death. The Father knew the only way was to send His Son to live in perfect obedience to qualify Him to receive the punishment for our sin that we might live.
God knows the desires of your heart. Our heart knows what it wants, but remains ignorant of how to obtain what it wants. The Lord, however, knows what we must do to receive what the inmost place desires. If you will simply obey His command, He will give you the desires of your heart.
Prayer: Lord, help me to obey. Amen.