Posted by Gabe Brennan

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” – II Thessalonians 3:5

Do you think of the heart as needing direction? The heart can be defined as the seat and center of all physical and spiritual life.  It is the fountain from which our life flows.  This includes our ambitions and intentions and deepest desires and affections, our cares and concerns, hopes and fears……. You get the point. The heart is at the center of all that we do and think, all that we are.
Paul’s prayer for the church is that their hearts would be directed to 2 things: the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ.  This is fascinating.  To have our hearts directed to the love of God is to find our joy and purpose in being loved by Him.  It is to put ourselves into the safe keeping of God and bring our ambitions, intentions, deepest desires to Him. In doing that, our hearts are at rest trusting Him with the entirety of Who we are.
To have our hearts directed to the steadfastness of Christ is to take confidence in Christ’s coming, that He will return again and that He will preserve His people to the end.  It is to be confident in Jesus’ sustaining power and presence, the finality of our future, even within our present day trials, struggles and hardships.
Of course, the heart can be directed to other things than the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. The love of money, success, approval from people and career accomplishments can become a destination for our hearts. Naturally, if left to ourselves, the heart will arrive at other loves than the love of God. This causes us to experience unrest instead of rest, conflict instead of peace, lack of confidence instead of joy infused faith.
And Instead of our good future with Jesus, our hearts can be directed toward unstable plans.  We may set our hearts on the arrival of an experience, a security, an event, a new toy or task.  These things are usually not bad or necessarily harmful but if the heart is not set on the future hope of life with God, those little hopes will not be satisfied or realized and we will become deflated.. The heart needs something bigger to hope for than anything the weekend or a pay raise can offer.
This leads to our need for a Director to direct our hearts.  Paul prays that the “the Lord” would direct our hearts to God’s love and Christ’s presence and promise to return.  He does not say, “direct your hearts….” but rather “May the Lord direct your hearts….”  And the difference is huge. Because if we direct ourselves, we will be misguided. But if God directs us, we will be perfectly guided to Him.

So this is our prayer. May the Lord do what only the Lord can do: direct our ambitions, intention, motivations and deepest desires to Him.

Grateful for His loving direction that leads us to all that is good,

Pastor Gabe

One Response to A Directed Heart

  1. Mom says:

    Excellently put and much appreciated reminder of my daily need to join this prayer, “My the Lord direct (my) heart to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
    Therapy means “healing talk” and so often, as people begin to speak, their heart’s desires become manifest. His Spoken Word “brings the lights up” (GJB quote) and makes manifest the error or correctness of our focused desire.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the next big birthday bash. We sure enjoyed Reeve’s party and adorable slide show. Love you, Mom

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