HEARTSICK

When a physician transplants a heart, he can’t guarantee that there will be no more heart problems.  The body might reject the heart, there might be a reaction to medication, or the heart might become clogged with cholesterol.

We use many phrases to describe spiritual or emotional heart trouble.  Such as: I have a heartache, my heart is broken, I am sick at heart, he has a black heart, etc. Jesus tells us in John 14:1: “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED; YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME”.  Jesus is the Great Physician and He knows how to fix heart problems.

Jesus never said that we won’t have problems and fears.  “THESE THINGS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU, THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE.  IN THE WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION; BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” John 16:33. Another verse that I like is: Psalm 112:7-8a: “HE WILL NOT BE AFRAID OF EVIL TIDINGS; HIS HEART IS STEADFAST, TRUSTING IN THE LORD. HIS HEART IS ESTABLISHED; HE WILL NOT BE AFRAID”.   I am a fearful, anxious person. I always fear that the worst will happen in every situation.  I have learned that the only resource for my fears is God.  As much as my husband, family and friends love me, they are not the answer to my anxiety.  God is the lover of my soul and only He can bring me peace and comfort.  David said in Psalm 42:5: “WHY ARE YOU CAST DOWN, O MY SOUL? AND WHY ARE YOU DISQUIETED WITHIN ME? HOPE IN GOD, FOR I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM FOR THE HELP OF HIS COUNTENANCE”. He is the only cure for a sick heart.

Millions of dollars are spent in this country to cure heart disease.  The one and only answer to spiritual heart disease is free.  Jesus already paid the price to cure our sin-sick hearts.  We only have to accept the new heart that He offers to us.

When I have a sick heart, I know where to go. Psalm 61:1:2: HEAR MY CRY, O GOD; ATTEND TO MY PRAYER.  FROM THE END OF THE EARTH I WILL CRY TO YOU, WHEN MY HEART IS OVERWHELMED; LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I.”  As the gospel song written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton puts it:

LIVING BELOW, IN THIS OLD SINFUL WORLD HARDLY A COMFORT CAN AFFORD

STRIVING ALONE, TO FACE TEMPATION’S SWORD   WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD?

CHORUS: WHERE COULD I GO, OH WHERE COULD I GO? SEEKING A REFUGE FOR MY SOUL, NEEDING A FRIEND, TO HELP ME IN THE END.  WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD?