My little daughter said something profound to me one Sunday after church. She said that she preferred the types of Bible stories that changed her mind. Bible study should transform us, and God does this by changing our minds. He is constantly correcting our way of viewing the world and interacting with it. He is also correcting our view of him. He is renewing our minds, and in doing this he is also healing our hearts.
I can still think back into the not so distant past and remember how misleading my own heart could be. It was like a broken compass that could not be trusted to guide me. Mistrusting my own heart was the first step towards healing. In order to change we must first recognize that something in us needs fixing. I learned to ignore my own inner cravings, the things of this world that I turned to for comfort and safety. A broken heart craves unhealthy things to fill the void.
The healing process happened little by little, but it did happen. Recently I have realized something amazing. My own heart does not mislead me anymore, at least not to the extent that it used to. The things that I desire seem to be prompted by the Holy Spirit. I guess when the psalmist said, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4), he was talking about the desires of a healed heart. Or as the psalmist prayed below:
“Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119:35-37