We’ve all heard this phrase and if you’re a GRITS (girl raised in the south) like me, you’ve probably said or heard it more times than you can possibly count. It may even be embedded deep in our southerly DNA.
So, what are we blessing exactly? And frankly, and more to the point of this series, what are we really saying and do we even mean it?
I mentioned in our introduction last week the word heart is mentioned nearly 1,000 times in scripture. In order for us to gain a deeper understanding of the heart we must find out three important things:
- Where it is found in scripture?
- What has God said about it?
- Why it is important?
Today, let’s take a look at its very first appearance.
Both man’s heart and its condition are referred to in this verse.
What is man’s heart exactly?
The Hebrew word used here for the heart, leb, explains it best. The heart includes the:
In fact, this word embraces the whole inner man. It stands for the inner being of man, the man himself, and is the fountain of all he does. All his thoughts, desires, words, and actions flow from deep within him.
What is the condition of man’s heart?
God saw that every imagination (purpose) of its thoughts (plan, plot) was only evil continually.
The Hebrew word for evil is, ra’.
Used in the Bible 663 times, ra’ is referred to quite often. It refers to that which is “bad” or “evil,” in a wide variety of applications. A greater number of the word’s occurrences signify something morally evil or hurtful, often referring to man or men.
How often were the hearts thoughts evil?
Continually. That is to mean:
- The whole
- The entirety
In examining the meaning of the words in this verse, it can also be understood like this:
…every intent of man’s whole inner being, in it’s entirety, is bad.
Wow. When broken down like that, its quite sobering to me. God saw, down to our very core, the condition of man’s depraved hearts as they began to multiply after the fall.
Understanding our hearts condition according to scripture is crucial. Our tendency is to view our hearts, or our person, as being bad or good based off of the world’s standards or our own sense of moral justice. We think we are inherently good if we haven’t committed sins according to our own sliding scale. Those we perceive as being “the really bad ones.”
But, we see from this verse and we will continue to see throughout this series, that all men suffer from the same condition of heart.
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“Hi Mrs. Daruk, this is Dr. Anderson from the gastroenterology clinic. Elijah’s biopsy results are back.”
Usually her assistants call me. Something must have shown up.
“I believe we’ve found the source of Elijah’s pain. It turns out he has a rare immune disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” she continued.
EOE for short.
“He had a lot of eosinophils present in his esophagus and there should be none.”
“What does that mean exactly? Where do we go from here?” I asked.
“He needs to be seen right away with an EOE specialist. I’ll work on getting the appointment set up and we’ll call you shortly. In addition, I’m prescribing a medication that may provide some relief until he can be seen.”
Rare immune disorder. Oh God, not again.
I suppressed the pain my heart tried to resurface and opened my computer. For hours I read articles and watched videos.
Relief that something showed up was quickly squelched by the fear of what the future might hold for yet another one of my children.
Elijah felt some relief in having a diagnosis, yet his pain was still there.
With a head full of facts and a heavy heart, I shared the information with my son. I reminded him that although it took much longer than expected, God answered our prayers for wisdom and understanding.
He is no stranger to hurting kids. He watched his own brothers suffer. We frequent children’s hospitals because of that and he sees them.
My son courageously wields his sword as a battle rages all around him.
Our enemy is no respecter of age.
Shielding him from the horrors of this world is something I cannot do no matter how bad I want to. Instead, I must prepare him. Remind him that we must wake each day clad in God’s armor.
We must always be prepared for battle.
So, true to his character and with a heart bigger than his tummy ache he asked about other children who might have this disorder. Here’s that conversation.
Thursday June 1st is his appointment with the EOE specialist.
I appreciate your mention of Elijah as you approach our father’s throne. I am humbled that we have a loving, caring father upon which we can pour out our fears.
What face does your fear wear today? Whatever it looks like, may my son’s courage remind you that God loves you and he has a plan for you, even when you can’t see it.