March 20, 2011

Does God Know What is Everyone’s Heart

Posted in Faithfulness of God tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:17 pm by tclickenger

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That is one of the many questions that a skeptic poses to point out what they believe are contradictions in the bible.  So let’s look at their view-point.  On the one hand, the Word says He does:

Acts 1:24, “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men.”  Psalm 44:21, “He knoweth the secrets of the heart.”  Psalm 139:2-3, “Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou understands my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”

Then on the other hand they believe His Word says that He doesn’t:

Deuteronomy 8:2, “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”  Deuteronomy 13:3, “For the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your soul.”  .2 Chronicles 32:31, “God left him [Hezekiah], to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.”

The simple answer to this question is, yes, He does know everyone’s heart.  If you will notice, the passages that mention “to know” or “to prove” are all attached to a trial.  God “proves” the hearts of His people in the same way we prove a precious metal.

We place the metal over a fire (trial), the metal becomes molten, we find the impurities within the metal, we draw off the impurities and the essence of that which is precious is made more pure.

May we all thank God for the skeptic.  Who poses hard questions that we cannot answer using our own intellect.  And, thank God for the hard and difficult times.  Through both, we must depend on God to give us His wisdom, His understanding, His strength, His endurance and our humility and trust.  Both our faith and His wisdom are made more pure within us and our essence, our character, is made more precious than before.

God Bless you all, Through Christ I can love you all.

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