My heart is being prepared for the coming Messiah. Isaiah tells me to make a straight road in the desert of my heart for Him. My heart shall be a place for God to dwell. This is his desire. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3
Intellect or emotion?
Original sin came from a decision to follow the intellect and disbelieve God. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
Ever since the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, God has tried to reach us through our emotions. Emotions like love, joy, peace, contentment do not lie and cannot be confused by the enemy.
Children are born with fully developed emotions. Small children express their true feelings all the time.Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
A heart that is tender shows great compassion, love, mercy, and understanding. When my heart is tender like this, Messiah will come to me. This is the true meaning of making a highway in the desert. Moses told the Israelites that their hearts were to be circumcised. Figuratively speaking, to circumcise is to wound the heart so it can heal. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. Deuteronomy 10:16
Psalm 42 describes tenderness before God. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11
The secret hidden throughout the ages is that Messiah and the New Covenant are inextricably joined and that only by receiving both as a child can anyone receive anything from God. Jeremiah says the new covenant will have the law of God written in the seat of my emotions. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31:33
Yahweh, I long to receive you into my heart. I am preparing my heart by following your commands and loving others. Help me to be emotionally prepared to receive your Messiah. Amen.