Sometimes the fire in our heart seems to die down to nothing more than glowing embers. Sin has done its work, guilt has doused the flame, fear has driven us away, love has grown cold. We want to light the fire again, but we are guilt-ridden and afraid.
It happened to King David. He had sinned with Bathsheba. He tried to cover it up, justify it, forget about it. But finally he found himself cornered by unconfessed sin. A kind of claustrophobia made peace of mind impossible. The inner fire of spiritual passion no longer burned. Lacking the fresh wind of God’s breath, the fire in his heart was no more than a glowing coal. Only when confronted by Nathan the prophet did David come to terms with his sin. The king confessed his sin and pled with the Lord to rekindle his heart. The Lord heard him and lit his fire again. And the dying embers that had been doused by sin were reignited.
Are you wretched, poor, and naked? Has sin doused the flame of God’s love in your heart? Do as King David did, for the remedy is the same. Confess your sin to God and ask Him to breathe new passion for Him into your heart. Ask him to light the fire again.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~Psalm 51:10-12 NIV
from My Heart for His Glory; Thomas Nelson 2002; devotion for July 2nd