August 13

1 Chronicles 25-28, Psalm 70

When sharing the gospel message with others they will frequently state that they are "pretty good" and that God will forgive them since He knows their heart. It has been said that we judge others by their actions but ourselves by our intents. We tend to over-inflate just how pure our intentions are. I often tell those that I'm sharing with that I wouldn't want my past to run along the news ticker at Times Square, nor would I want many of my inner thoughts to run along that ticker. The truth is God knows us completely, but we don't understand ourselves why we think or do some of the things that we do. In Jeremiah 17:9, we read, "The heart is deceitful above all things. And desperately wicked; Who can know it?" But for the grace and mercy of God we would all be in trouble.

We read in 1 Chr 28:9, "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever." David echoed these thoughts when he wrote Psalm 139, where among other verses, he wrote in v.7, "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?" The author of Hebrews writes in Heb. 4:12-13, "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

We can all keep it together fairly well. To God we are transparent. But to the rest of the world we tend to show others what we want them to see. If we cleanse our hearts continually by His Word, stay in prayer throughout the day, and keep short accounts of our sins before God, our walk will match our talk, and our talk will match our heart. David knew this and advised his son accordingly. May we take this counsel of David personally and apply it. Jesus said in Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God."

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Marj Lancaster