No one really likes to be controlled. The thought of being a puppet tied to strings really doesn’t appeal to any of us. When we say that God holds our hearts, we’re really saying that He is in control of us. Yikes! Here come the strings! But unlike man’s controlling methods, there is freedom in being held by God. God gives us guidelines to live by for our protection. When we allow God to decide what we do with our hearts, we can be free of worry. No one likes to be stressed over making a tough decision. But when God is in control, He makes decisions easy. When a guy comes along, God will show us whether or not to open the latch to our treasure box to expose our hearts. What He says is for our best, so there’s no worry involved. Obedience is the only action that He’s asking of us.
There will be temptations every day to try to get us to pull your heart away from God’s hands. I know how it is! A guy comes along and pays you the slightest attention and you want to jump out of your treasure box and into his arms. Proverbs 4:23 says to “keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” It says to keep your heart, not give it away! Though God has possession of you, you alone have the final say about where your heart will go. But by “keeping your heart,” you’re stopping the temptations from going too far and stealing your heart away.
The safest place in life to be is in the safety of God’s hands. You are safe from men who don’t deserve you. You are protected from making decisions that will harm you. You know the treasure you hold will go unblemished because you’ve yielded to the protective hands of your Father. When He holds the key to your heart, you can be confident that only the best of men will gain entrance to it.
All for Love
God’s greatest motivation for being a part of our lives is His love for us. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. He loves us! He’s not trying to control our lives just for the sake of being boss. True love doesn’t demand our hearts; it asks for our hearts. I John 4:19 says, We love Him because He first loved us. He doesn’t want our hearts out of obligation; He wants our hearts because we’ve chosen to love Him in return.
If we really love God, we’re going to want His will done in our lives. We’re going to trust Him with every little detail. It’s not hard to trust someone when they’ve proven their love for us. God did His best show of love by sending Jesus. Then He continued to show His love by giving us “great and precious promises.” (2 Peter 1:4) We can’t find a better show of love!
The greatest commandment that Jesus gave us was to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) Loving God with all our hearts means allowing Him to do with us whatever He likes. In return, God places His love on the inside of us, enabling us to love the way He loves. The more we love Him and allow His love to work in our lives, the more we’re able to love a man. It’s not the kind of love that gives up when frustrations and challenges come. It’s the kind of love that puts others first, and sees their value through God’s eyes. Without that kind of love motivating us, we can’t possible see God’s very best love life fulfilled in our lives. Every relationship we may ever have will just fall apart because God wasn’t in it.
God promises that when we put Him first in our lives, His very best blessings will follow. Psalm 37:4 says, Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Our dreams will come true, not because we were searching for them, but because we were searching for Him. When we get to the point where we can honestly say that we love God more than any relationship, any dream, then we know God will move on our behalf. He sees that He has our hearts . . . and that is the safest place to be.