April 7, 2018
Fix Your Heart
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. – Psalm 57:7
I watched in amusement as our twenty-year-old grandson crossed the few feet between his home and ours, striving to keep his toes in the tennis shoes that he had not bothered to put on all the way, and had not even taken time to untie from the night before. It was quite a challenge! The ground was wet and cold, and the gravel on bare feet would not feel good. He was resolved to stay dry, and also not to waste time with putting on or tying his shoes.
It reminded me of when he was a year old and would make that trip between our houses on his knees. At that young age, a pebble worked its way into one little knee and it slowed him down, but it did not stop him. He crawled on one knee and kept the other bent up to avoid the pain. His determination was fixed on getting to Grammie’s house.
My grandson’s steadfast determination to make the goal put me in mind of Daniel. In the Book of Daniel we read, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).
Daniel had a goal, and that was to obey God without compromise. He did not have to debate or convince himself whether or not to eat the king’s meat; he had already made his decision. Daniel “purposed in his heart” to make his goal. A captive in a foreign land, he risked his life to take such a stand. No doubt he was hungry, but the food allotted to him had been offered to idols. Who would know if he ate some? His captors did not care, as long as he did the work given him without trouble. But Daniel would know, and God would know. Daniel had committed his life to God and he would not betray that commitment. He steadfastly fixed his goal in his heart and mind.
If our goal is Heaven, we must fix our hearts and minds steadfastly upon it and not waver. We cannot allow some small “pebble” of offense to slow us down or keep us from our course. God will help us if we purpose in our hearts not to compromise our commitment to Him.