The Holy Spirit is such a wonderful teacher!
let me explain how the Holy Spirit has shown me not only the message but
has punctuated the message with the deep feelings of the message.
Do you remember a time when your heart hurt?
last week Sheryl and I went to the shopping mall to do a little
shopping. As we walked down the mall she decided she wanted to stop at a
particular store to buy a gift for a friend. The store is a small, busy
store so I decided that I didn’t need to join her in the store but,
instead, would stand guard outside doing a little people watching.
did I know that this was the time that the Holy Spirit had in mind to
show me the depth of God’s love. As I was scanning the crowd, down the
mall walking in my direction was a father and his young daughter. My
attention was immediately drawn to them. The father was a youngish, tall
man and the girl was somewhere in the elementary school years age. She
was looking a bit unkempt; her hair was straggled and her coat was half
on and half off.
As they approached my post, the father
was looking straight ahead while his daughter bounced around him trying
to earn his attention. The best way that I can describe her actions to
you, and very unfitting, is of a young puppy jumping around trying to
get the attention of its master. She skipped and hopped around on one
side of him; then quickly darted to the other side to do the same,
jabbering all of the time. NOT ONCE, did the father even look down,
smile or, in any way, acknowledge her.
My heart ached for that young girl. As I write this, my heart still aches!
There was a time in history when God specifically identified individuals with hurt hearts: Then
He cried out in my hearing with a loud voice, “Draw near, O
executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in hand.” And
behold, six men came from the district of the upper gate which faces
north, each with his shattering weapon in his hand; and among them was a
certain man clothed in linen at whose loins was a writing case. And
they went in and stood beside the bronze altar. Then the glory of the
God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the
threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed in lined at
whose loins was the writing case.
And the Lord said to him, “Go
through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and
put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the
abominations which are being committed in its midst.” But to the others
He said, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye
have pity, and do not spare…but do not touch any man on whom is the
mark…” Ezekiel 9:1-6
Perhaps the saddest thing
about this history is that it only took one person to mark those whose
hearts hurt but it required six to lay out the judgment upon those whose
hearts were cold.
Has there ever been a time when we
substitute judgment for hurt hearts? To hear us talk about the state of
our society one could quickly get the idea that we might be a tad
judgmental. God looks for sighing and groaning and we give him gripes
and disgust. The one dressed in linen looks for the troubled; the six
with weapons look for the comfortable.
Jesus, displayed the depths of His heart one day, And
when He approached the city (Jerusalem), He saw the city and wept over
it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which
make for peace! Luke 19:41&42
He said, further,
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are
sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the
way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Matthew 23:37
can’t tell you how much I wanted to hug that young, hungry for
attention girl; or to grab the father and shake him out of his coma!
Surely you have experienced the hurt of a heart.
is no place for judgment in the hearts of those whose hearts ache!
There is only a longing for things to be set right; for peace!
Jesus, Isaiah states is the, Prince of Peace! 8:6
Do you know; I mean really know that in this day, even you, the things which make for peace are contained in HIM?