“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10
We can never go wrong with the knowledge of the word of God. It is true and it is alive. If we were able to use technology and see the intent of man’s heart many of us would have fainted. The heart is hidden and most of the time its intent is also hidden, until it is manifested. But though the intent of the heat is hidden from mankind it is wide open to the one who created it (God). Nothing is hidden from God and as his word tells us, he alone searches the heart of man.
The word of God says in Jeremiah 17:10 that God try the reins of our heart and will give every man according to his ways and the fruit of his doings. So, you may be wondering by now, how does God try the reins of our heart? Have you ever heard the saying that a drunken (intoxicated with alcohol) person always speaks the truth? One way that God tries the heart of men, is by allowing situations to arise between us and others. Meaning, a friend or a family member may say something to upset you, and, in an instant, you began to reel out and speak your heart. You will bring up things from the past that has nothing to do with the immediate issue at hand, things that everyone thought was forgiven and forgotten (including you). whatever is in your heart will surface during confrontation of any sort. Another way that God tires the heart is by the Holy Spirit placing conviction in your heart that will eventually lead to confession and repentance. This usually happens when we are at our lowest point, maybe a grave illness or at the point of death and willing to clear the clutter in our hearts.
But what do you do when the heart of a dear one is revealed to you? I can tell you that the first thing that will happen to you emotionally is confusion. You will feel confused and shocked to know that someone that you have trusted over the years, were not with you wholeheartedly. That is somewhat similar to how David felt in Psalms 55:5-8 (please feel free to read the entire chapter of Psalms 55). When people who are close to you hurt you, it really hurts, but you should also give God thanks for it because out of that experience you will learn wisdom and know how to operate around that person. When you have discovered the true intent of the heart do not become naïve, but instead, you should now apply wisdom in dealing with that person and love them at arm’s length. Continue to pray for them and also ask the Lord to cleanse your heart from any bitterness that may arise towards that person, based on what you have discovered. That is why we should always ask the Lord to show us the hearts of those who are closest to us, because they are the ones who can hurt us in the worse way. Always remember that ONLY God knows the true intent of our hearts!!
Let us pray: Lord, please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Dear God, today I confess any hidden agenda in my heart that is sinful. I pray that only love will remain towards my brethren and that I will always be true to others in the name of Jesus. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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