I’m reading the book of Genesis now. Yesterday I came to the part after the flood. Noah built an altar and offered burnt offerings.
Genesis 8:22 says, “And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.”
God destroyed everything through the flood except those in the ark. Genesis 6:5 says that every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil continually. Yet, in His mercy He saved Noah, his family, and chosen animals.
Hebrews 4:12 is the remedy for an imbalanced heart. Embracing and allowing God to work through His word will expose the hidden self in our heart. It is the ‘enthroned self’ that divides our heart.
Psalm 86:11 David said, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.” Truth is the medicine that heals an imbalanced heart.
Proverbs 3:5-7 helps us see how not to straddle the fence. It is by trusting Him with all our heart, acknowledging Him in all our ways, and not being wise is our own eyes.
The opposite side describes our enthroned self: leaning on our own understanding, acting independent of God, and departing from following Him.
Psalm 119:10 is the cry of an awakened heart. It says, “With my whole heart have I sought You, Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments.”
A. W. Tozer wrote, “The Pursuit of God.” At the end of each chapter he wrote a prayer. Each one is a cry of a balanced heart to remain in balance. Here is one (not copied word for word because of copyrights): I have tasted of Your goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty more…I want to want You; I long to long for You; I thirst to be more thirsty.
I read his book the first time in 1973 and began praying his prayers at the end of each chapter. Seeds were planted that He carefully tended until my heart was awakened and brought into intimate communion with Him four years later.