How’s your heart? Today we learn that God searches our hearts and examines our minds. He is able to see where our true intent lies and when we are trying to act one way while our heart heads in a different direction. How’s your heart? What kind of fruit is it bearing?
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.”
The Lord searches our hearts. Yesterday I was looking at how the heart which desires lustfully has committed adultery according to Jesus in Matthew 5. Today I read that God searches our hearts and he rewards the fruit of our lives.
I was of the mind yesterday that we can go one way with our seeds yet another way with our hearts. In other words, relating to adultery, we can keep ourselves from physical adultery while our hearts are longing for another person lustfully.
God’s teaching in Jeremiah is that the fruit of the heart is measurable… of course it is. Jesus taught us in John 15 that we will bear much fruit if we remain in Jesus. If we stick with him we will bear fruit in keeping with our relationship with God.
And if we don’t stick with him, we will bear fruit in keeping with ourselves or our hearts set ion out own ways. In other words, I can try to keep my behavior heading one way (ie toward God) even though my heart is heading away from God.
The issue is that God searches my heart and sooner or later in some way or another my heart will come out in my deeds.
And God gives to each one according to that fruit.
Oh search me God.
And change my heart to be ever yours!