For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. – Ezra 7:10
Meditation: According to the Scriptures, the natural inclination of mankind is toward selfish ambition, pride, and sin. This not a rosy picture, and it does not bode well for purveyors of self-help books, but God’s children (faithful disciples by His grace) are not so doomed. In fact they have true hope. The Lord is the master of hearts!
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord , as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will (Proverbs 21:1)
Therefore, we can trust our hearts to the Lord, as we entrust Him with all things. for He is faithful. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things” (1 John 3:18-20).
Call To Action: Read Proverbs 4:20-27. Notice the use of the words attend, keep, let, ponder, turn, and remove. Each of these terms tells us to take action to pay attention and apply the wisdom of God’s Word to our lives from the inside out. Preparing and keeping our hearts in this fashion helps us stay close to God’s Spirit.
Beware, and “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness” when the Lord was left no other recourse but to destroy the unfaithful. Rather prepare and wait upon the Lord.