Faye Bryant

You need a heart fix

Have you been worried about the virus? the hoarding? the stock market?
Are you fearful of having been around people the past couple weeks who are potential carriers of the virus?
Have you allowed the fear and panic to seep into you and change you?

All these things that God has told us not to do?

It happens to us all, my friend. Even the man after God’s own heart experienced the heartache of breaking God’s laws and thus His heart. David penned this song after his son born of his adulterous, murderous affair with Bathsheba. He knew how he had treated Bathsheba was wrong. What he had done to Uzziah was wrong. What he had done to God in both was wrong, and he felt the weight of it.

This simple prayer in song changed everything. When his longtime friend made him realize God hadn’t been snoozing through his heinous acts, David confessed, declaring that he had sinned against the people and against God.

Then he changed his tune (repented). He took Bathsheba in as his wife and her son born of that marriage became king succeeding David.

Do you need to do this? This confession of what you’ve done? Are you a hoarder of resources that others need? Have you gone beyond self-isolation to full isolation, withdrawing yourself from all of society because you have allowed fear to overwhelm you? Are you treating friends and even family as though they are your enemies?

God tells us over and over to not be anxious, to not fear, to not let those thoughts fill our minds. Instead, we are to be content with what we have and give Him thanks for it, then ask for our needs from that heart of gratitude. We’re to treat people as though they are created in the image of Almighty God — they are. We’re to love our spiritual siblings, and uplift them.

It may not feel like I’m uplifting you right now, but I hope you realize I am. If these few words help you shed the thousand-pound weight of worry and fear, any pain in the process is worth it.

Release the worry and fear of all this chaos and uncertainty to God. He already knows what you’re thinking and feeling. Really. He does. And he knows that of your spouse, children, friends, parents, everyone. The telling isn’t to inform Him, it’s to let go of it so He can work in the situation.

Allow Him to calm you. Permit Him to pour His peace all over you and your family. Lean in to hear His voice instead of the voices that tell you the end of life as we know it is near. It may well be, but your Savior still holds you. Don’t fear.

Go ahead. Start telling Him. I’ll scoot on out so you and God can have this discussion alone. Go on… “Dear God, I need to talk to you…..”

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