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My Wicked Heart

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) 

I was amazed this week (although I shouldn’t have been) at how easily my heart can deceive me.  I got on the internet to check the status of some of my books for sale on Amazon.  As the Amazon homepage popped open, there in all its glory was a picture of the *new* Kindle.  Smaller!  Lighter!  Larger memory!  At that very moment, discontent rose up in my heart.  I wanted this new Kindle.  Now, hadn’t I just purchased one a few months ago and raved about how much I loved it?  Until that moment I thought the Kindle I had was all I needed.  Apparently not!  I actually started thinking how I could purchase this.  I had over $200 in change that I could use.  Or I could use the money from the sale of my books.  And then it hit me.  What was I doing?  I prayed right then and there for the Lord to forgive me of my wicked heart!  For my sin of discontentment!

I was reminded how sin can so easily entangle!  How quick it is to rise to the surface with just the smallest of promptings!  I needed to remember that I was a new creature!  I needed to remember this:  “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3) 

May my satisfaction be in Him alone!

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