My brother recently had surgery that was supposed to be a routine one with a minimal hospital stay. Turns out, it was anything but routine and a minimal stay. A week later, they had to go back in and have another surgery. It was a trying time for sure. Two surgeries back to back is a lot for a person to comprehend and the body to go through. As I have thought about all of it since February, I’ve had a few thoughts come to mind that I wanted to share.
Sometimes when we go through hard situations, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, we may think our heart has been healed. We may think the unforgiveness, bitterness, abandonment, depression, etc. have been laid before Yahweh and we have dealt with them all. I know, I have been there before. I’ve went through hard situations and cried out to the Lord and thought I really had it all out, that I was past it all. He already knows what’s deep in our hearts, but He wants us to see it so we can deal with it.
Like my brother’s first surgery, all was supposed to be gone, but it wasn’t. A second surgery was required to get all of the bad out. Our hearts can be that way. When Yahweh works on our hearts dealing with all the emotions, we may think all is well. In reality, we may not have let Him go deep enough to rid our hearts and minds of all that happened. As we clean for Unleavened Bread, we should be thinking about our hearts. We should be asking Yahweh to show us anything that needs to be gone in our lives and cleanse us from our wickedness. Don’t hold back. Cry out to Yahweh to cleanse you deep and get all the junk out. We should let Him look in every crevice of our hearts for any issue that may take root and cause us to sin.
He wants our hearts daily cleansed and right before Him. He loves us and has so much good for us. He’s trying to reshape us back into His image from the garden. I know it sounds crazy to remove the leaven out of your house for seven days, but the lessons I’ve learned from doing this have been sobering. I don’t have to do this at all, but I choose to do it if it means becoming closer to my Father. And who doesn’t want a closer relationship with Yahweh?
Father, You are so gracious to us. You show so much compassion and mercy towards us. Look deep within our hearts and pull out that which hinders us. We give You an open door to have Your way in our hearts. Reveal emotions that have been concealed from us, so we may live as You desire. As we clean out and remove leaven from our homes, clean our hearts out. We don’t want any feeling or emotion in us that keeps us from becoming closer to You. Thank You for loving us more than we can imagine. We praise You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.