“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. Luke 21:34 NIV
Concerning being ready for “that day”, Jesus cautioned us to guard our hearts. He was trying to tell us ahead of time that the attack is for the affections of our heart. We’ve looked at passages that caution us not to let our hearts to become “hardened” which is how the Modern English Version translates “carousing”.
What could cause our heart to become dull, heavy, desensitized or weighed down?
The first greek word (kraipalē) is a compound of two words from ΚΡΑΣ the head, and πάλλω to toss about. You can tell there is a little tension in the meaning as revealed by the various choice of translations: dissipation, carousing, overcharged with surfeiting, excessiveness. Enough greek geek for the day. Let’s settle for defining the idea as “over-stimulated thinking”. Many of the commentators link “woozy thinking” to the effect of drinking.
I want to suggest that we are living in a lifestyle of overstimulation that cause our hearts and minds to be distracted. Few are the people who can concentrate on one thought for any extended length of time. The swirl of information at our fingertips bids us to take one more bite of the fruit of “not quite enough knowledge”. The merry-go-round of entertainment of movies, tv, radio, books, magazines and ads all invite us to ride their pony for one more time around. The thoughts in our “head” are constantly “tossed about”
What’s the answer?
Take time to “Be still, and know that He is God.” God spoke in the whisper. Start with a few minutes and continue to set time aside for the interaction of listening to the Spirit. Force yourself to stay beyond the urge to quit early.
Jesus said to the church people, “I am standing behind the door knocking.” If you will take the time to stop what you are doing and come and open the door. “I will come and dine with you.”
Doesn’t your heart long to be with Him?
Blessings Love y’all