Today’s Bible reading is Mark 3 and it documents a guaranteed way to grieve the Son of God.
Again [Jesus] entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart… (Mark 3:1-5)
This Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb 13:8). The same thing that angered and grieved him nearly 2,000 years ago in that Galilean synagogue continues to anger and grieve him today: hardness of the human heart.
Hardness of heart keeps people from appreciating Jesus for who he is. Hardness of heart keeps people from honoring Jesus as God or being thankful for him. Hardness of heart keeps people from humility and receptivity to Jesus’ message. Hardness of heart keeps people silent when they ought to speak up and passive when they ought to act.
Hardness of the human heart–the hearts given to men and women by God–angers and grieves the Son of God.
So here’s a challenging thought for some serious self-reflection today: are there areas of my God-given heart that I’ve allowed to become hardened against Jesus and his sovereign will for my life? If so, what do I need to do today to soften my heart so that my Lord is full of joy over me?