Since tomorrow’s eclipse is the hot topic, I could not help but think of the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Then I began to think about it spiritually. The Bible makes reference to the heart as “the mind or seat of emotions”. Dictionary.com defines eclipse as “a partial or total blocking of one celestial object by another”. Spiritually, this occurs when something blocks human emotions from being positively penetrated by God.
What does the Bible say about the heart? The issues of life flow from the heart (Proverbs 4:23). Jesus said that from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The heart can be joyful (Proverbs 17:22). While God wants it to be clean and contrite (Psalm 51), it is “deceitful…and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). (So please don’t tell people to follow their heart because they might do something stupid.) The basis of this thought is that the heart can be hardened (Exodus 4:21).
What causes a total eclipse of the heart? Two things – life circumstances and sin. When traumatic or painful things happen to us, as a defense mechanism we build walls. Our goal is that no one or nothing will hurt me. That trauma or pain may come from abuse (physical, sexual, or verbal), broken trust by a spouse or friend, health problems that don’t seem fair, financial problems that come even when we try hard to make ends meet, etc. Then we often choose to engage in sin, whether it be outward actions or inner attitudes that you repeat. It’s easy to Eclipse the heart with these things, but the repair work is often done in layers.
What cures a total eclipse of the heart? It begins with a new heart and spirit. Ezekiel 18:31 prophesied of this to be fulfilled in Christ’s finished work on the cross. An arsenal of Scripture will also defeat this. Psalm 119:11 says to hide God’s Word in our heart that we might not sin against Him. Hiding it means that we meditate upon it, memorize it, and know it well. Then, we must confess our sins (I John 1:9) and forsake our sins (Proverbs 28:13) to maintain good fellowship with God. It does not rob us of salvation, but it does affect our fellowship with Him.
Do you have a total eclipse of the heart? Are there walls built up in your life because of circumstances and sin that need to be brought down by the Lord Jesus Christ? He is willing to deliver you, but He is waiting on YOU to take the next step.
***Image from Anchor Chapel (found on Google)