And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
One meaning of the word translated as heart in the English, in this particular verse, is the inner part or the mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection or memory. Sometimes because of our emotional and biological inheritance and because of the environment we grew up in, it can be difficult to make the choice to leave behind and separate from the knowledge, thinking, reflection or memory of the past. That past can be so powerful that it affects our present.
The past made us what we are today but we must reach a place in life where that past is not causing us to make the same bad choices over and over again and it’s not causing us to repeat the same destructive cycles in our life over and over again. It can be so overwhelming at times that it is like you will never escape the darkness and bad emotions generated by the life you were forced to walk through.
Moses told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 6 that the LORD was going to circumcise their heart so that they could love the LORD with all their heart and with all thy soul and live. What an awesome promise! When the hardness, bitterness, unforgiveness and darkness is so great that it seems it will consume us, the LORD Himself has promised He will cut that junk off of me so that I can live and spend my life loving Him.
After Israel had crossed Jordan and they were preparing to go up against Jericho, the LORD said in Joshua 5:2, “At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.” When we face the walls of Jericho, as it were, we can trust the LORD to circumcise off the hardness and bitterness our journey through the wilderness has caused in our life and prepare us to win the victory no matter how tall and no matter how thick the walls we are facing in our life. If God be for us, who can be against us.