I don’t remember much of the conversation. However, what I do remember is what stuck out to me and made the light bulb finally turn on. It was when she said, “God knows my heart.” Every now and then I hear someone or even myself say this. “God knows my heart” is a popular phrase we say when our actions may not match what we say. Truly enough God knows our hearts; however I got convicted about using this phrase incorrectly when I was having a conversation with my aunt’s friend.
God knows that we are human, frail, when we put forth our best efforts, and how we need His help and His grace to do what is right. Paul said it well, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15 NIV). When we say “but God knows my heart,” are we using this to excuse our actions, deter any spiritual growth or continue in a certain lifestyle or situation? If so, then we should make the correction. Instead of saying “God knows my heart,” let us ask Him to search our hearts.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NIV)
Truly He knows what is in our hearts, so His search isn’t for His benefit, but for ours! We are the ones who are unaware of all the things, motives, etc. that lie in our hearts. Let us ask Him to purify our hearts, and let us no longer make excuses for why our actions do not line up with His Will or what we claim to believe.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 NIV)
Thank You for Your gentle rebuke and Your mercies. Forgive me for excusing my actions, deterring any spiritual growth, and continuing in sin. I allow You to search my heart. Reveal to me everything that needs to be purged and create in me a pure heart. Lord, help me to be pleasing before You and to have a heart after Your very own heart as King David did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to let God search and purify your hearts. God knows your heart; yes indeed! But do not let that be an excuse to continue in anything He tells you to be free from. Don’t allow it to be your response when you know God is calling you to grow more and be more intimate with Him. You might have the kindest, humblest heart but there is always room for improvement, not perfection, but undivided devotion to God. Blessings!
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”