Change my Heart

Today in 1 Kings 10:1-10, we read about the queen of Sheba travelling all the way to see Solomon who was actually trending as the wisest fellow amongst all humans. She heard about him and really wanted to see for herself what she has heard. Change my heart, oh God. Make it ever true.

1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.

2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. 4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,

5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. 1 Kings 10:1-10 (King James Version – KJV)

In Mark 7:14-23, we are called also to travel into a place we don’t really like to visit – the heart; where our ideas, inspirations, motivations and feelings emanate from. Jesus says, “it is not what comes into a man from outside that defile him rather it is what comes from within a man”. We have something inside of us that produces things which eventually destroy us.

I invite you to look into your heart right now and identify what you will find there. Anger? Lust? Divisiveness? Unforgiveness? Pride? Hatred? Deviousness? Or, do you find, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance?

Remember, what dwells in your heart is what you really are! Make this old chorus your prayer, “Change my heart, oh God. Make it ever true. Change my heart, oh God. May I be like You!”

Peace and joy

Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey

Self Examination
  • Look into you heart and identify what is within.
  • What do you find in your heart?
  • What do you want changed in your heart?
  • Open up to God, and let him examine and renew your heart from within

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