Day 10 Devo - Discerning the Heart

The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?

"I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind . . ."    (Jeremiah 17:9-10a)

God is able to see the motivations of our hearts clearly.  Nothing is hidden from Him.  But we ourselves are very unfamiliar with what is really in our hearts.  Not only are we unable to cure our hearts by our own power, but they also deceive us constantly, so that we don't know how sick our hearts really are.  If we don't know our true condition, then we won't realize how much we need God's power to change us.  Much of what we need to know is hidden from us,and it is only through God's Word that we are able to see the truth.  God's Word is like a light that illumninates the darkness and enables us to see the things we would normally miss.  As we begin to see, one by one, the areas where we  need God's cleansing power, we can look to Him to change us.

James talked about God's Word as a mirror that shows us what we really are like.  Although it may sometimes be a little scary to see the truth about your condition, it is absolutely necessary for your transformation!  And the way this is revealed to you is through God's Word!

Pont to Ponder:

For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)