Monitor Your Heart
Do you find yourself complaining about others? The writer of this scriptural passage had been complaining about the sinfulness of others. He wanted God to get rid of those who were by their sins desecrating His creation. He insisted, “Take them off the face of the earth.” Suddenly, it strikes him that if all those folks were sinning, maybe, just maybe, something was amiss in his life.
In Psalm 139:23-24, David prayed, “Search me O God, See if there be any wicked way in me.” We should be like David and Peter, who lay bare their hearts. Peter prayed with such sincerity, “Lord thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” This implies that none of us really understand all errors; we need God to cleanse us from our secret, hidden and unknown faults. “The heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it?”-(Jeremiah 17:9)
None but God can know the heart altogether! Our life is visible to others and to ourselves, and our words are heard. However, our hearts are neither seen nor heard. The seeds of conduct and character are so small, so seemingly insignificant; our motives are so mingled and mixed that we are baffled. Our thoughts need to be tried because they often seem right when they are wrong.
Judas was self-deceived this way. He was probably thinking his thoughts were right and good, but they were evil. The psalmist knew that there were evil ways behind him, around him, before him, and seeking to attract him. The most important thing was that they were not in him. It is alright for the ship to be in the water, but there is trouble when water gets in the ship!
Peter also asked God to lead him in the way of everlasting. Why? There is joy, peace, and strength in the way of everlasting. It is the way of holiness. It is the old path— the good way. It is the way that satisfies the heart, blesses our fellow man, and glorifies Christ. Are you sure that you are alright with God? Now is a good time to monitor your heart.
Supt. C. A. Stevenson, Shepherd
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