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Jesus actively searches our minds and our hearts. He doesnt just observe, or interact with us. He searches, digs, uncovers all there is in our minds and hearts. He knows how we think, and how we feel. He knows what we think of each other and what we think of Him. He knows our attitudes, and our goals.
How often do we think of Jesus in those terms? We see throughout the Gospels that Jesus was able to read the motives of the people around Him, but did you know that He does the very same thing with you. Notice, I said does. It is not just a possibility. Jesus assures us that He does this.
A great many people dont live their lives in the knowledge that every thought, every motive, every action, is seen, and known by Jesus. We still think that if we keep the covers on, were safe. The truth is, what is as night to us, is as day to the Lord; what is hidden, is clearly seen. God sees all things at all times. Now, this can produce one of two reactions in you: fear, or comfort.
COMFORT if you know you are.
COMFORT? Are you sure? How can Gods looking, digging, searching into our hearts be a comfort? I know whats in there!
Well, you have to realize that Jesus isnt looking for a list of donts you did or dids" you didnt. What Hes really searching for is the Numero Uno spot in your heart. Hes looking for the motivations beneath your meanderings. Hes looking for growth in faith, not perfection.
David understood the comfort of Gods searching attention. Look at what he said near the end of his life:
O LORD, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD. You hem me inbehind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. (Psalm 139:1-6)
The thought that God knew Him as well as He did, made David declare, Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. My paraphrase of Davids thoughts is: You know everything about me, the good and the bad, my strengths and weaknesses, and yet You love me and are always near! I cant believe that You love me so completely!
Lets remember that everything is exposed to the searching eyes of our Lord. Instead of trying to hide, lets deal with whats inside our hearts and give it to the Lord! Lets repent, confess, and put Him first!
Remember that God knows everything about you, good and bad, and He still loves you completely! I cant think of anyone else who falls into that category can you? I cant think of anyone else I need more, can you?
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