Jeremiah 17:9-10: “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

If you are exhibiting any number of strange symptoms that don’t go away but get exceedingly worse, what is more depressing – to find a doctor and get a diagnosis or to ignore the symptoms as best as you can even as they begin to worsen? Living with a debilitating disease without a name is probably much more frustrating than getting a diagnosis and knowing what you are up against.

Essentially, that’s what Jeremiah did when he wrote his book assessing the human condition. His diagnosis of the human heart in a nutshell (Jeremiah 17:9):

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things”

Don’t we all like to think otherwise? Don’t we like to think of ourselves as humane and caring? Sure, we know there are bad apples out there, but saying that humanity in general is in such bad shape seems to be a depressing assessment – or isn’t it?

While Jeremiah’s diagnosis may sound bad, he simply gives us an honest evaluation. At the same time, He doesn’t leave us stranded with a hard-to-swallow diagnosis. Here is the good news: God wants to completely renew our hearts. Ezekiel wrote (Ezekiel 36:26):

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

While it’s unhealthy to stick our heads in the sand and avoid a diagnosis just because it sounds horrible, it’s far better to face disturbing news and discover the hope God has for you and me.

Receiving a new heart from God, our inner being wakes up to a whole new world. We hear His voice, we experience His love. Can you imagine? Are you ready to be amazed?

“Sometimes it amazes me
How strong the power of love can be
Sometimes you just take my breath away” Eva Cassidy

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