The Ready Heart

PSALM 78:5–8-- For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children that the generation to come might know them; the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments and may not be like their fathers. . . A generation that did not set its heart aright.

An athlete’s heart weakened by hard partying is not ready for the big game. A soldier whose heart is tangled in burdens can’t focus on the battle (2 Timothy 2:4).

Jesus often teaches about preparedness. In a parable, He talks about virgins not prepared for the bridegroom’s arrival (Matthew 25:6–13), and He warns about followers not ready to set out on mission because of unresolved affairs (Matthew 8:21).

Our hearts must be ready to respond because, as Psalm 78 shows, other generations depend on it. What keeps your heart from being ready to leap into action?

Spiritual Heart Focus

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal elements that keep your heart from being ready to spring into action at God's command. Confess these things as sin, and receive Christ's forgiveness. Ask God to give you a heart of readiness.

Physical Heart Focus

Go to an online calorie counter, look at meals you anticipate today, and record the calories in advance. Many diet and cookbooks will offer calorie charts as well.