It was Henry David Thoreau who said, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” What a true and profound observation! Our problem as a human race is deep and serious. It cannot be overcome by a mere resolution to do better for God. No, our problem goes to the root of who we are, our heart. Listen to the prophet Jeremiah: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?
Worse yet Jeremiah goes on to say that the Lord searches the heart and tests the mind. In other words, our sick and deceitful hearts cannot be hidden from God. We can’t pull the proverbial wool over God’s eyes, fooling Him as to our real problem. So what are we to do?
Well, if we are the problem and that problem goes to our core, then there is nothing we can do. What we need is intervention. What we need is for the divine surgeon to perform a heart transplant on us. And this is exactly what the prophet suggests. Listen to verse 14: “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me and I will be saved” (Jeremiah 17:14).
God doesn’t just demand that we do better. No, He performs a one-sided rescue. He sends Jesus the savior/surgeon to single-handedly strike at the root of our problem giving us by His grace a new heart. Has He done this for you?
Something to think about from “The Kingdom Perspective.”
“And He was saying, ‘That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.’”
~ Mark 7: 20-23