Human Frailty

Jun 19, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Ps. 73:26; NASB

Surrendering our will to God is a daily endeavor. The flesh comes with its own set of ideas and expectations. For instance, you might convince yourself you can afford a new car when, in reality, you cannot. You might believe you can afford it because when you ran the numbers, it worked. After purchasing the car is when the realities that have little to do with the numbers reveal themselves. The reality might be that you have now diminished the money you had not realized was being spent. This might be daily coffees, eating out, or just the little extra each week that gave you peace of mind. Your flesh wanted the car, so you unwittingly overlooked those “little things” to get what you wanted.

The same goes for the heart. Even after salvation, our carnal nature is continually vying for attention. Scripture tells us, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Your heart might ache for a loved one who has passed. You might desperately miss the company of someone who has moved away. Your heart might feel broken by the betrayal of your spouse, child, or close friend. These situations can become overwhelming and cause grief for long periods of time if you do not have your priorities in order. I am not saying you should try to make light of those things. It is healthy to be honest with yourself about how life’s hardships affect you. It is not healthy, however, to dwell in those thoughts of loss and despair.

Throughout the Old Testament, we see the term “high places” mentioned many times. These were places where the Israelites would go to worship other gods. This idolatry weakened them as a people and angered their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Their God had provided everything for them. He freed them from Egyptian slavery, provided for them in the desert, protected them, and led them to a Promised Land where they would prosper as long as they obeyed Him. Unfortunately, they did not obey His commands. They worshiped gods other than the Almighty God and ultimately ended up back in bondage. Things did not turn around for them until they repented, humbling themselves before God. This realignment of their priorities proved to be fruitful, if not lifesaving.

This concept works the same way in our personal lives. Whatever you value more than your relationship with God through Jesus Christ is a high place. It is through these high places that the devil can really create havoc in your life. Anything you put above God in your life becomes a high place the devil can use to torment you. Throughout our lives, high places can take different forms, depending on what is going on at any time. The conditions I mentioned earlier can become one or more of those places. Through them comes anxiety, worry, fear, and uncertainty that will become increasingly bothersome with the potential of dire results.

Examine yourself to see if you have any high places in your life. It can be your spouse, your children, your job or career, or a situation. Anything that is more important than God qualifies as a high place. Repent and turn to God to remove it by confessing that God is the strength of your heart and that your place in His kingdom for eternity is more important than anything in this world. Whatever is lost, dismantled, or gone wrong in this life pales compared to your everlasting life with Jesus. Go to Him in prayer and acknowledge that He is your strength and your portion forever. He will give you rest.

God bless and have a great week

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