Day 19: Searched and known

Paper Tigers & Impressing God

A Write 31 Days Series

God searches our heart successfully.

That is something I think we don’t have the capability to do on our own.  We can try to search our heart, but we can’t be objective.  Our memories are so subjective and easily altered by suggestion.  Hindsight is prejudicial.  Our actions and feelings aren’t cold hard facts.  We cannot be open-minded about our past or future.

The Bible tells us that God searches our heart.  I think the verb use here might be misleading.  God doesn’t stop what He is doing to preform this action.  It is an effortless knowing of our heart, a heart He created.

God doesn’t have to pull our file, remind himself of which human He is considering, make pie charts, or go through analysis.  God just knows.

I the Lord search the heart
    and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
    according to the fruit of his deeds.
— Jeremiah 17:10 ESV

And as Psalms 139 tells us, the Lord has searched us and knows us.

To try to search your own heart is futile, and I promise you this, you will not live up to the standard set by Jesus.  We will be disappointed in ourselves every time.

Yes, we do our best to avoid the snares of sin.  Yes, we please God by worshipping Him and keeping His commands.  Yes, we obey God and join Him in good works here on earth.

If we try to search our heart and see how “clean” it is or how “pure” our motives are, we are going to not only fail to be objective, but we will be discouraged at how we measure up.

King David was the man called by God, “a man after my own heart, who will do all my will.”  How is it possible that God would say these things, knowing how David failed so many times?  It is possible because God knew David, God created David, and God saw David’s repentance.

By our standards, King David was a hot mess, but God saw something different.

By your standards, you might feel like the hottest of messes, but let God do the searching.  Let Jesus do the justifying.  Love God the best you can, and stop trying so hard.

God loves you with a love that is unmeasurable.  He would be saddened to hear how you talk about yourself.  Jesus died for the sins that you still let rule your life. 

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
— Acts 13:36-39 ESV


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