2. God knows a man’s heart.
3. God searches the heart and understands all the intent of the thoughts.
“Deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts for you know every human heart.” 1 Kings 8:39, 2 Chronicles 6:30
God has this wonderfully annoying ability to know, not just what we are thinking, but our motive behind that thought. He can see into our heart and knows our innermost desires that we rarely can verbalize or comprehend ourselves. This scripture is taken from the account of Solomon. David had been charged with building the Lord’s temple and have begun the plan, but it was under Solomon’s rule that the temple was completed. This is from his prayer of dedication. Solomon had the wisdom to understand that God’s divine plan had brought him to his placement as king. He understood that God knew the sincerity that men offer in their plead for forgiveness. Jewish law required that men and families offer sacrifices for the sins they had committed. In offering an animal as a sacrifice, asking for forgiveness, God knew if they were indeed sincere in their offering or if they were simply going through the motions.
It is this same knowledge that allows God to know the sincerity in someone’s conversion.
“God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us”
It is by knowing the heart, by understanding the intent, that God is able to gift us with the Holy Spirit, who then speaks on our behalf.
“And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit interceded for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. ”
Acts 8:27 and Romans 8:27
As we grow closer to God, our thoughts and desires begin to fall more in line with him. Where before we had a relationship with Jesus, we would desire selfish materialism and long to do only those things that will advance our own agenda. Within a relationship with Christ, our focus (while always at battle with our selfish, sinful self) becomes a more outward view. We desire to help people because we know that is what should be done. We extend love and forgiveness to those who we would otherwise revel in our hatred and disdain. It is that help in our suffering and struggles that we realize that “God’s will” isn’t so bad after all. His desire to know us and for us to know him just as intimately is what propels us to seek after his “will.” It is what causes us to abandon our selfish ambitions and appear to be irrational in our faith and desire to serve God with everything that we are. In this journey, we will find the blessings that comes from seeking God’s will and striving to meet it.