Tuesday, August 27, 2013
2 Chronicles 32-33: What's in Your Heart?
2 Chronicles 32:31Amplified Bible (AMP)
31 And so in the matter of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon who were sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God left him to himself to try him, that He might know all that was in his heart.
In the previous post, "I Have Heard Your Prayers," I wrote about the foolishness and pride of King Hezekiah as he showed the visiting Babylons the treasuries of Judah. Above we see God's plan in all of it. God was trying Hezekiah to know all that was in his heart.
The Bible can be confusing, and I am not a Bible scholar, but the Lord does give me insight.
God knows the hearts of all men. He doesn't need to set up a test in order to know us. He just does. That's part of Him being God. He is omniscient!
Romans 8:27Amplified Bible (AMP)
And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.
When a trial comes, what's in our heart comes to the surface. He sees what's in our heart, and He wants us to see it too.
Oftentimes our own heart is a mystery. It takes a test or trial or temptation to allow us to see what's in it. The undoneness remaining. The parts of us that are not yet transformed to the likeness of Jesus!
Difficult times are allowed by God for our benefit. He wants us to know ourselves like He does. He desires to transform us.
Lord, I'm thankful that You love enough to reveal areas of immaturity where we are not looking like Jesus. Empower us, heal us, transform us into Your glorious image. In Jesus' name, AMEN!