He Knows Our Heart!

Scripture: Proverbs 21:2 - Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.    

Who would read the title Scripture and dismiss it with a cavalier “So WHAT?”  Still, isn’t that what we do sometimes, with our Bible in hand, we run by a verse overlooking the opportunity to dig deeper, to be still and ponder HOW we can sharpen its application in our daily doings?   Meditating on what the Scriptures have to say about God’s knowledge of our heart can be a humbling, illuminating, and obedience-inspiring endeavor!

Consider Proverbs 21:2—"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.”  Also, in light of the Spirit’s words in Jeremiah 17:9 concerning the heart’s deceitfulness and inborn wickedness, we desire to be people whose motives are pure in God’s sight.  That said, it behooves us to try to avoid deceiving ourselves when it comes to the motivation behind our actions.  Is it our primary goal to glorify our Lord, or are we merely seeking our own “glory?” (1 Cor. 10:31) We can easily be guilty of the latter, and yet persuade ourselves that our intentions are centered around more honorable objectives.  Praise God for loving us enough to “put His finger” right on our misguided motivations and, if we are wise enough to submit to His leading, correct our misplaced energies!  These spiritual minefields more often than not lead us to being stressed out, burned out, and even embittered sometimes when our zeal and hard work may be unduly criticized and/ or overlooked in our own estimation.

For a multitude of reasons, Proverbs 4:23 warns readers to “Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”  Our Savior warns us that whatever is stored up inside our heart determines what we speak, (Prov. 4:24), what we look at, (4:25), and where our feet take us. (Prov. 4:26, 27).  Saints, let us beware of treating lightly our Lord’s warnings about guarding our own heart, for in doing so we only court spiritual setbacks, large and small!  As one beloved pastor has been known to warn  his flock, “Think about what you’re thinking about!”  Our God already knows.

Prayer:    Lord God, because You have loved us with an everlasting love and have saved us for Yourself, be pleased to renew our desire to daily have a pure and upright heart in Your presence.  Thank You, in Jesus’ name; amen!

(By  Denise Diggs)

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