The last post began looking at symptoms of a heart problem. If you missed it, check it out here.
The second two symptoms are probably more common conditions of the heart that sometimes go unnoticed.
Symptom #3 You feel unsatisfied.
Do you feel empty? Do you feel like you need to search for something to make you feel whole? It is difficult to really get a pulse on life when that hollow feeling plagues you. There is constantly a search for something that will make you feel satisfied. Some people turn to work, or hobbies, or church activities. Some people turn to sex, drugs, or alcohol. Some people turn to friends, acquaintances, or romantic connection. Whatever you turn to looking for satisfaction, the truth is that you will have to keep on turning and turning and turning. Anything that is used to fill the void created to be filled by God will leave us feeling empty. Psalm 24:4 describes it this way, “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” Anything that we use to fill a space intended for God is an idol. Allowing an idol into our worship space is a dangerous symptom of a heart problem.
Symptom #4 You are hopeless.
Do you feel like nothing will get better? Do you feel like things will always be this way? Have you grown accustomed to disappointments? Have you embraced the “truth” that losing is just your lot in life? Hopelessness is a disease and a symptom of a far greater heart issue. When you are hopeless, it means that you have chosen to place your hope in a system or an entity that is sure to fail. When you place your hope in God you can rest assured that He can do all things, except fail! David posed this question when he noticed some of the symptoms of a heart problem, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!”
The symptoms let us know that we are sick. They are our warning signs that we have entered the danger zone. What happens if you ignore the symptoms – the sickness progresses when it could have been intercepted, cared for, and even prevented. Do you have a heart problem? You are not alone! Are you ready to confront the sickness that is lurking behind the busy life and the smiling face?
The next post will give some medicine for sick hearts! Stay tuned.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do any of these heart problems sound familiar to you? Leave a comment.