I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.Ezekiel 36:26-27
“How long will you be hard of heart?”
What does it mean to be hard of heart?
I invite you to pick up a stone from outside. It’s not permeated at all. It has no holes. Nothing can go into it and nothing can come out of it. When the heart is hardened the living word of God cannot penetrate it. It’s not open to receiving God.
Our best example is Pharaoh’s hardened heart. Was it because he was just mean keeping the Hebrews as slaves despite the plagues that harmed his own people? Perhaps a result of his inability to see God as the one true God, to open his heart to God.
How does that relate to us today as we begin Lent?
As we start this journey, our hearts have to be open to hearing God speak to us, seeing Him working around us so He can work through us.
Transformation involves work. A critical path in this journey changes the heart from a stone to a sponge. God is telling you and I today that He wants to help us in this process by putting His spirit within us, so we can walk in His ways.
Are you ready to embark on this beautiful transformation, allowing a butterfly to emerge from the cocoon of your life? Will you allow God to transform your heart?
I invite you to sit with Ezekiel 36:26-27 in a quiet spot.
What does this replacement of heart God speaks about look like for you? Invite God to give you a new heart this Lent, a heart that will soak up His Word and deepen your relationship with Him.