How well can we really know another person? What if I were to tell you today that God knows your heart? He knows in this moment precisely what you’re thinking, feeling and struggling with today!
When Jesus said, “God knows your heart” in Luke 16:15, He was speaking to the Pharisees—men who lived double lives. Outwardly, they sought public approval. They made a point of following all the religious rules and worked hard to impress people so that they would appear to be godly and wise. But God knew their hearts. He saw through their phony, pious displays to what was on the inside.
Luke called these Pharisees “lovers of money” (Luke 16:14), and Jesus said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. God called out these religious leaders for their greed, self-indulgence, and hypocrisy: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean” (Matthew 23:25–27).
The Pharisees proved that appearances can be deceiving. Their actions were inconsistent with who they really were in their hearts. Jesus’ challenge to these hypocritical leaders is the same for His followers today. We must be careful not to simply honor the Lord with our lips while we live like the world because our hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8; Isaiah 29:13). We need to focus on cleaning up the inside of our spiritual houses, dealing with our sinful attitudes and misguided motives.
God knows your heart is a concept seen throughout the Bible. The prophet Jeremiah declared that the Lord “tests the righteous” and “sees the heart and the mind” (Jeremiah 20:12, ESV). “The Lord weighs the heart,” says Proverbs 21:2. God sees what is done in secret. God knows our hearts!
Do you have peace of mind today? Is there a spiritual or emotional issue you would like to talk about? Russ Hobbs Ministries, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org