The hollow heart
She is emptied! Yes, she is desolate and waste! Hearts are melting and knees knocking! Also anguish is in the whole body and all their faces are grown pale! - NAHUM 2:10
A hurricane ripped through our city in 1983, afterward, I walked my neighborhood, looking at the many downed trees. I was surprised that pines I thought would snap still stood and some big oaks I thought would stand had been smattered into toothpicks. The oaks fell because insects had been eating at them for years, and they were hollowed out.
The Prophet Nahum considers the city of Nineveh, once so pumped up in her arrogance. But evil has eaten out her core, and she is hollow. She melts like a hollow wax form. This is a picture of the human heart that allows sin to snack on its interior. Gradually, the small sins erode the substance, and the heart is an empty vessel, with no strength to hold together when the winds of testing come.
Get the bugs out of your heart. Fill it with God’s truth, and its inner strength will be restored.
What are the little things boring their way into your heart, and eating away its inner strength? Allow God’s Spirit to reveal them and Christ’s blood to remove them.