Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT; “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Well, that’s an uplifting word, right? The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. When I first read this I thought, geez, if God searches our heart and knows our secret motives, there are going to be a whole lot of us with a reward we won’t be looking forward to. But two verses before that I read; “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
My heart may be wickedly deceitful and difficult to control, but when I trust in the Lord and have made Him my hope, I am planted in His Word and my roots go deep enough to keep me from being blown over by every wind of change that comes my way. I will be fruitful in dry seasons and be strong and healthy. My rewards are in not just knowing about God, but knowing God as friend and confidant.
Oh to be like Him. To love like Him, walk like Him, speak like Him, heal like Him, that is truly my hearts desire. We’ve all heard the saying, ‘You become like those you spend the most time with’, well I want to hang with Jesus. I want His words to come out of my mouth everyday. I want to be moved with compassion, to heal the sick and raise the dead so that the name of Jesus will be once again known in the earth. Who else will carry His presence? Who else will set aside time to have a heart change? To allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in them so that they can be fruitful in the earth?
Father, pick me! I surrender all of my selfish heart to You. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I submit to Your way not my way. Give me the grace I need to be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in Your love. It’s for Your glory and praise. Amen