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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
"God Knows The Heart"
Message summary: The diagnostic ability of modern medicine is surely astonishing but it does not begin to compare with God's knowledge. The Psalmist David said it well, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain" (Psalm 139:6).
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"God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us" (Acts 15:8). "For the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts" (1 Chronicles 28:9). "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:12,13).
Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
cleanse me from every sin and set me free.
It's amazing to consider the rapid pace of the increase of medical knowledge in our lifetime, especially diagnostic procedures. In November of 1895 German physics professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen made a remarkable discovery. He took a tube similar to a fluorescent light bulb, removed all the air and filled it with a special gas, the genesis of the x-ray. Six weeks later, at the close of 1895, he published his observations and mailed his colleagues a photograph of the bones of his wife’s hand, showing her wedding ring on her finger.
Diagnostic procedures continue to be simplified, improved and even performed while infants are still in their mother's womb at increasingly earlier stages of gestation.
The diagnostic ability of modern medicine is surely astonishing but it does not begin to compare with God's knowledge. The Psalmist David said it well, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain" (Psalm 139:6).
The first daily Scripture declares, "God, who knows the heart." What a powerful thought! In this context it speaks of God's knowledge of a person's spiritual heart. God knows not only every minute detail of the physical aspect of this wonderful pumping organ which is vital to life; He also knows what's in the heart spiritually. He knows where we lack, when we deceive and the very motives of why we do that which we do.
He knows your heart. After the writer of Hebrews describes the effectiveness and preciseness of the two-edged sword he writes, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). That's pretty humbling and yet I'm sure glad Scripture tells it the way it is. Aren't you thankful for that!
There are various diagnostic procedures to determine if there is an abnormality or if there is a foreign substance attacking one's healthy body. When we are undergoing these kinds of tests we don't want them to miss anything. We want the procedure to be precise and accurate, so that we can make a wise, informed decision in how we might best deal with the problem.
We also want to rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal to us that which we might be neglecting or are unaware of that would hinder or destroy our spiritual relationship with God. It might be through Scripture reading or during prayer. It might be through a trial or through a godly messenger that God uses to speak to our heart. It might be through our observation of the way God is working in another's life that His Spirit speaks to us. Whatever method God chooses I pray that we are watching and listening to Him, "to whom we must give account."
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, it is because of our sinful human condition that we spend so much time worrying about what others think and live our lives with their view in mind, instead of Yours. You who sees our minds and hearts from inside out - You know that which motivates our actions, while others simply judge us by what they see. We lay out our hearts bare before You today and ask Your Spirit to reveal that which honors You and that which should be burned like chaff. Remove our pride and replace it with humility as we confess our need for cleansing. "More of You and less of me" is my prayer today. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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