2009-01-15 - A Note of Encouragement
Luke 16:15b but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. (NASB)
When you begin to get your mind around the idea that God knows everything, it is not amazing that he knows our hearts. He knows them better than we know our own hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 tell us that our hearts are deceitful and wicked and asks the question, "who can know it (the heart)?"
The implication is that a mortal can not know the depth of the deceit of a human heart. When we open ourselves up in a relationship where trust is built up to the point where it is implicit, that is a very rare thing. Who can put the human heart under a microscope and know the inner workings of it indeed. The One Who made the heart can know the height of love and compassion, and the depth of depravity possible in our hearts.
In all of this and more, God still loves us. He sent His Son to die for us and rise again in victory over sin and death. The Son freely followed the command of His Father to go. The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirits and is given as a down payment of the wonderful things to come. No matter how difficult this life can be or what is thrown at us, the love of God never changes or falters. Even when we are not faithful, He is faithful.
He loved us before we drew our first breath. He loved us knowing that we would sin. He loved us in eternity past and still went ahead with the creation. As time ends and eternity begins we will throw our crowns at His feet and worship Him. Our deceitful hearts will finally be restored and pure, not because of anything we have done. Only because of what Jesus did out of undeserved love for us will the human heart have taken the journey from wicked to worship.
Grace & Peace,