They said to me, ‘........ The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.’ When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:3-4 NIV)
Lord, it's so easy to mock or even inwardly rejoice when we see some parts of your church in a state of disrepair ( especially when it's parts we disagree with or don't like)
Like Nehemiah we should be driven to tears!
When we say ( because it's trendy to say it) "Lord break our hearts with the things that break yours" our unspoken sub text or assumption can be that these things will always fall in line with things we actually want to be heartbroken about - starving children, blatant injustice and so on.
It's not really hard to be broken hearted over these things - although it is definitely right to be. However, what about when we are secretly pleased at a certain event or circumstance but God is heart broken over it....how then do we react?
Are we even capable of recognising it as something that breaks Gods heart?
Amongst all our spiritual sounding words and songs, we forget how easily that we can make it all about us whilst all along persuading ourselves that we are all about Him...
Lord, deliver us continually from our deceitful hearts.........
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9 NIV)