Engaged Hearts

Jeremiah 30:21: And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. 22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Do you have a heart that is engaged to the Lord? I enjoyed some of the definitions of that word engaged. They are interesting and informative: to braid, intermix, to give to be security (as a kind of exchange), engage, intermeddle with, mingle, occupy, give pledges, become surety, undertake.

Matthew Poole*s commentary on verse 21:

For who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? Interpreters are yet divided about this phrase; some apply it to Christ, either as an admiration of his excellency, or as denoting that none but he could draw near to God in that manner as he did, nor had any such a delight in the sons of men as he, so as for him to be a Mediator betwixt offenders and an offended God; none but he durst look in the face of an angry God. Others understand it of God*s people, intimating that in the day when they should return out of captivity there would be but few that with any serious purpose of heart would apply themselves unto God, or signifying the impotency that is in man heartily to draw nigh to God, till God causeth him so to do; and some think the words have a reference to the covenant mentioned in the next verse.

I believe that the passage is a picture of both Jesus Christ and of believers. As the God Man, He was the only one capable of giving His heart and life completely to the Father. He did that on our behalf. When I received Jesus I was giving Him my heart and I knew that His dwelling in my heart would change me and my life. And I was willing. We must understand that even though we have received this heart-changing, person changing and life-changing Jesus into our hearts, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, our flesh.

2 Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When we receive Jesus a life-long battle begins between our hearts where Jesus lives and our flesh. Some think of that battle as evidence that they are not truly saved. But the battle is evidence that they are saved. We do not have a battle of that magnitude raging within us UNTIL we have the Saviour living there. All believers, including the Apostle Paul and including you and me, surrender to our flesh way too often.

Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Romans 7:24: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Are we keeping our sinful flesh under control and our hearts engaged with Jesus? Experiencing the battle between our hearts and our flesh can be discouraging. But, be of good cheer, the Lord wants to give us the victory in that battle and He is able to.

1 John 4:4: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 5:4: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Philippians 2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

What a glorious truth!!!

Psalms 139:23: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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