26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
Take a few moments to mentally walk through every closet or storage room in your home.
Don’t forget the junk drawer in the kitchen and the garage. As you think about those areas, you likely have a few items that broke at some point, but that you held on to because you were sure that you or someone else could repair it and make it good as new.
Maybe it just needed a part replaced, or maybe you needed a special kind of tool to repair it that you never got around to buying. Regardless of the reason, you probably have some things in your house that you believed at some point you could restore and make new.
Unfortunately, many take the same approach with regard to our hearts and their bent toward God.
We mistakenly believe that we can merely tinker with a stubborn, rebellious heart and make it acceptable before God. Some church attendance here, a few good works there, and “Poof!” — a pure heart!
Our hearts need not be repaired; they need to be replaced. This is exactly what God does. He removes our stubborn, rebellious hearts and exchanges them for impressionable, responsive, and obedient hearts.
Apart from the grace of God and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are not capable of walking in His statutes or observing His ordinances.
We join with the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:24-25—“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
- What are some ways you have been deceived into believing you could repair your own heart?
- What does this passage say is the fruit of God replacing our broken hearts? Where have you seen this fruit in your own life?
- Confess to God the ways you have sought to fix your heart apart from him. Admit that you have often returned to your own ways of working for His favor. Remember that God gives favor to His people based on the finished work of Jesus and this should be our motivation for obedience.