Note: This is the first part is a blog series highlighting the 1st Commandment and wholeheartedness.
Although we spend more time with ourselves than anyone else, sometimes we think we know ourselves better than we really do. It’s one thing to have comprehension of yourself at a rational level. But the real question is… what is going on at our heart level?
This is of utmost importance and the ultimate gauge of what matters to God. (1 Sam. 16:7) The problem is that the heart is deceptively wicked and our emotions change often.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? -Jer. 17:9
Does that sound something you want to trust daily? When our emotions and current feelings are condemning us, we can come to God and let Him reveal or “empty out” what is going on in our hearts.
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. -1 John 3:18-21
God Searches and Examines the Heart
God doesn’t just know all things, but He searches them out and articulates the condition of our heart to us in perfect gentleness, perfect kindness, and He corrects according to His perfect leadership.
-Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. -Psalm 139:23-24
-Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps? 5 “If I have walked with falsehood, or if my foot has hastened to deceit, 6 Let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity. 7 If my step has turned from the way, or my heart walked after my eyes, or if any spot adheres to my hands -Job 31:4-7
-But You, O LORD, know me; You have seen me, and You have tested my heart toward You. -Jeremiah 12:3
He is looking for a resilient, enduring heart that is loyal, not one that is perfect.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him… -2 Chr. 16:9
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David. -1 Kings 11:4