Over the past week God has been impressing on my heart the importance of developing a heart of strength. As I read Psalms 27:14~”Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart, Wait, I say, on the Lord” it dawned on me in a way that I never thought about before- our heart is a muscle…and in order to grow a muscle we must train it, stretch it, and even put it through pain. I think most people would agree that learning patience is right up there with pain sometimes…I still remember the first time I heard this verse. I was riding in the car with my mom and my grandma and the car in front of us had this verse on their license plate frame. In fact, I think it was just the reference and my grandma quoted it upon seeing it which my 5ish year old self thought was so cool! . I have never forgotten that verse. Her remembrance of that verse impressed it upon my heart and mind, and long after she has been gone it is still one of my favorite verses- even if I didn’t fully break it down until this week.
In order to develop strength we must wait on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord is hard sometimes. Sometimes I get perfectly good ideas in my head that I want to run with instead of waiting for confirmation from God on- this is where wisdom and discernment is crucial and I need guidance and wise counsel.
Next we must be of good courage. In the midst of our waiting sometimes God does call us to action in other situations and we must be ready to stand up. We must be ready to stand up in boldness, integrity, and honor. Sometimes it is hard to stand up, sometimes those closest to us will tell us to just keep quiet because no one wants to hear what we have to say… but these are the times (and those are the words) that we especially need to think about because if God wants us to speak out then the evil one will send countless naysayers to remind us of our fear in hopes that we will stay silent. Don’t stay silent. Be courageous.
As we do these things slowly and repeatedly we begin to develop a heart of strength. A heart that no longer caves to the negative thoughts that the enemy throws our way but instantly replaces them with thoughts of hope and truth. Just as Paul talks about taking our thoughts captive in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians, we are able to strengthen our hearts by doing the same thing. My prayer is that I would seek to develop a heart of strength the right way- that I wouldn’t look for shortcuts, that I wouldn’t run ahead when I think I know what God has planned but that I would wait on the Lord and be of good courage and watch Him strengthen my heart day by day.