9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
Last Thursday we looked at verses 1-4 where sin was engraved on the tablets of their hearts and Friday we looked at verses 5-8 where a man who trusts in man – not God – and whose heart turns away from the Lord. Today we look at the next two verses and discover The heart is deceitful above all things and asks the question Who can understand it? The answer is given in the next verse, and it is God because I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind.
It would be easy to misread the latter part of verse ten where after searching the heart and examining the mind God rewards each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve as works for salvation. That would be an error. Instead a man’s conduct reveals his character just as God’s search of the heart and mind reveal his innermost secrets. His deeds are the fruit of his character.
Modern day analysts say show me a man’s history with his checkbook and credit cards and I will tell you all about the man. Along with this others say show me where a man spends his time and I will tell you all about the man. Both are correct in their own way.
Publically a man can appear to spend time doing good deeds, but how he spends the rest of his time tells the real story. The same with one’s finances, some money may go towards good and even Godly charities, but how he spends the rest of his money tells the rest of the story here as well. Of course God does not need to see what we see or would search out as He searches the heart and examines the mind and sees what a man might seek to hide, but cannot hide from God.
The real story here for us is that we cannot hide from God the secrets of our heart and mind nor our actions that we might wish to hide or even successfully hide from those around us. And knowing the reality of our hearts and minds we will be rewarded according to what our deeds deserve as reflected by the content of their hearts.
So, what do our actions – public and private – reveal about our hearts? When God searches our hearts and examines our minds what will He find? Will He find we spend time and money doing that which we want kept hidden, but cannot hide from God? If so, we need to turn to God and ask His help in changing our hearts and minds so we might have nothing hidden from God or those around us. Easy to say, not so easy to do – except through prayer and with God’s help.
It’s Monday, have a Great Week and remember with God it is all a matter of what our hearts will reveal to God about us.