The Heart Of The Matter

1 Peter 3:14-15 connects a very important truth with suffering and our heart. Verse 14-15 is a quote from Isaiah 8:12=13 which says, “Do not say, A conspiracy, concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.”

Peter set the stage for when we suffer for righteousness’ sake. I can tell you from personal experience, that any suffering reveals the hidden in our hearts. To sanctify means to set apart. Here is 1 Peter 3:14-15 in the J. B. Phillips. It says, “…You need neither fear their threats nor worry about them; simply concentrate on being completely devoted to Christ in your hearts…”

Mr. Phillips was conveying a key truth in any trouble. The trouble is a set up to get us off track. It is satan’s design to derail us. Our heart is easily pulled this way and that, like making taffy. Did you notice the word ‘hallow’ in Isaiah? What happened to Moses when he got derailed? Numbers 20:12 says, “…Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

The heart of the matter in any suffering is to stay focused on the Lord. When He is our center, nothing will be able to shake us, throw us off kilter, or derail us. Here is part of a new song.

Song of the Altar

In the midst of adversity when trouble surrounds me. I come into Your presence and I build an altar. I remember how You met me time and time again and I bow in worship.

Nothing can overtake me when I hide in You. Nothing can overwhelm me when I look to You. I set my eyes on You and I gaze into Your face. I bask in the love of Your eyes full of grace.

Hebrews 11:6 says that it is impossible to please God without faith. Our faith is under attack right now with our national derailment. We are disrupted from our normal way of life. The hidden in our hearts is being exposed. Therefore it is imperative that we take our heart before the Lord. We need to ask Him what unbelief is keeping us from hallowing Him before others.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The only way we truly know our own heart is to recognize our behavior that does not exemplify the Lord. He is our Standard that never changes. When we view our actions through the truth of His word, we have a true Standard.

Isaiah 59:19 says, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” Jesus did not react when He suffered for righteousness. He hallowed His Father by committing His life into His hands. Let us do the same.

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