(the following is a guest post by Crystal Vance)
What does it mean when we say, “that melts my heart?” We say it all the time and for so many things.
Another word for “melt” is to move or soften. Our hearts melting means our hearts are moved with compassion or love for something. Or simply they are softened. There are many things that move our hearts, but there is nothing that melts our hearts like the power of God.
Nothing can melt your heart like the power of God.
Throughout scripture, we continually see the power of God melting people’s hearts. In Joshua 2: 11, Rahab states, “As soon as we heard it (the Exodus of God’s people), our hearts melted and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens and above the earth beneath.”
The word “melted” is used THREE times in Chapter 2 of Joshua as Rehab recalls the power of God.
The people of Jericho’s hearts were melted with fear and dread when they witnessed the power of God. Rehab’s heart, on the other hand, was melted in a different way. As she heard of the power of God, her heart was stirred and was driven to worship God. She immediately recognized God as Lord of the heavens and the earth, and declared her faith in the all-powerful God.
Her heart being stirred to worship followed by her faith being focused on God led to her salvation, both in the immediate destruction of her city and in eternity.
How will you respond to the power of God?
When we see the power of God, our hearts too should melt. Not simply with fear and dread, but in awe and worship. In faith, recognize that God is Lord over all of heaven and earth.
God’s infinite power allowed Him to move in big ways. Not only when he brought His people out of Egypt and across the Dead Sea, but He also allowed His son to take on the cross.
He proved His infinite love for us by going to infinite depths to free us from sin and death. That is amazing love. That is what can melt the hardest of hearts. Give him your heart today.
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This post was written by guest blogger, Crystal Vance. Crystal is married to Mark Vance. They have been married for 17 years, and have been doing ministry together for almost two decades. For the past eight years, they have lived in Ames where Crystal has been involved in disciplining students at ISU, leading Bible studies, and practicing hospitality. They have 3 delightful children with whom she loves reading, laughing, and exploring new places. Crystal is extremely passionate about sharing the hope of Jesus with everyone and helping women encounter Christ through Scripture.