Arrhythmia of the Soul

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly to the end the confidence we first had. –Hebrews 3:12-13

One night, lying in bed, something didn’t feel quite right. I was experiencing a strange sensation in my chest. Checking my pulse, I couldn’t find anything that resembled a normal heartbeat. Talk about a strange feeling! I got up and walked around the house, hoping my heart would kick back into normal rhythm. It didn’t. I didn’t feel bad physically, but just had that strange sensation in my chest. I returned to bed and spent a restless night of sleep.

In the morning when I got up, I still had the strange sensation, so I went to see my doctor. He performed an electrocardiogram and found that I had an arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation. Apparently, many people have this problem of the heart beating abnormally. It’s something that people can live with over a long period of time, but, if left untreated, some people can never return to a normal rhythm and it becomes their “new” normal. The doctor sent me to a hospital where my heart was successfully shocked back into normal rhythm.

This experience reminded me that many of us also experience arrhythmia of the soul. We sense that something is not quite right. Perhaps our passion for pursuing Christ has waned. Perhaps our joy in life has diminished. Perhaps our behaviors are no longer reflecting a commitment to Christ. We feel dry spiritually.

In those moments, before we lose the sensation of something being wrong, before we get used to a “new” normal, it’s wise to take action. We are all vulnerable to becoming used to a sickly soul; believing that everything is okay when it really isn’t. Arrhythmia of soul, left untreated, robs us of the full and healthy spiritual life that God intends for us to have. Fortunately, through self-evaluation, confession, prayer, the study of the Scriptures and encouragement and counsel from fellow Christ-followers, God provides the means to regain a healthy rhythm of the soul.

Today, if you are feeling a strange sensation of the soul, don’t ignore it. Run quickly to the Great Physician who is able to make you whole once again.

1. What types of challenges do you face that threaten to cause an arrhythmia of your soul?

2. What steps can you take to avoid the triggers that threaten your soul?

John 10:10; James 5:16; 1 Peter 2:11

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Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, editor, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord Culture Blog also appears on Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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