God Looks on My Heart
"All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits." (Proverbs 16:2)
Whenever Michele helped her mom clean the house, she always had to do the dusting. She thought dusting was a boring job, and she wanted to finish it as soon as possible. She would rub the dustrag quickly over the piano and the coffee table and the windowsills, and she would think, "This room looks pretty good." But then Michele's mom would come and inspect her work. Sometimes when Mom ran her finger over the piano or a table, she picked up a yucky layer of dust Michele had missed! Even though the room looked clean to Michele, her mom knew exactly how to test her dusting skills. Too often, she would find that Michele had not done a very thorough job at all.
Proverbs 16:2 tells us that we tend to look at our own lives and think that they are "clean." To ourselves, we look pretty good, especially if we are staying out of big trouble and even doing nice things once in a while. But God looks inside of us and sees what is really there. He sees our spirits--our attitudes, our feelings about what we are doing, and our motives (the reasons we do things). Sometimes we might be obeying Him on the outside, but on the inside we are angry or bitter. Or we might be obeying Him for the wrong reasons--to make people like us or to win the prize for saying the most verses. God wants us to serve and worship Him not for our selfish reasons, but because we love Him and owe Him everything.
How does your heart measure up to God's test? Is it really "clean" in His eyes? Or does He find layers of "dust" in your heart--wrong attitudes and motives? If He does, there is good news. His Son, Jesus Christ, is the Cleanser of impure hearts.
God sees my inner attitudes and motives, not just my outward actions.
» Has God pointed out sinful attitudes or wrong motives in my heart?
» Have I asked Him to cleanse me of these sins?
Truth In Real Life
“To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!”
Fanny Jane Crosby was born in southeast New York on March 24, 1820. When she was just six months old, she got a cold in her eyes that had to be taken care of by a doctor. The doctor made a terrible mistake that cost Fanny Crosby her eyesight for the rest of her life. It was later learned that the doctor was not really a doctor at all, and not qualified to do medical work. Before he could be arrested, however, he left town, never to be heard from again. But there are no mistakes with God. Fanny once said,
“Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind...for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.”
When Fanny was a child, her mother introduced her to the Bible. As a result, Fanny’s life changed completely. She began writing poems about Jesus Christ. Although she was blind, Fanny Crosby “saw” 8,000 of her poems set to music and over 100,000,000 copies of her songs published. She wrote up to seven hymns a day. Over the years, she used as many as 200 pen names so that the public would not realize she was writing so much. Once in a while, she would hear a hymn that she liked and would ask someone who had written the words. Often, she would be surprised to be reminded that she herself was actually the writer!
Fanny Crosby wrote hymns such as “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “To God Be the Glory.” From an early age, she determined to rejoice in her limitations and the gifts she did have. When she was 8 years old, she wrote these words: “Oh what a happy soul am I! Although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be.”
Are you content with your life right now? What do you think you need in order to be happy? God has given you everything you need!
1 Timothy 6:8 – And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.