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God Knows Our Hearts

1 Chronicles 28:9

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever-played hide and seek? I’ve written about this before – we use to play hide and seek when we were children – and I would hide in the cemetery next to the parsonage where we lived. In the dark – no one would come into the cemetery looking for me. If they did – I would make spooky sounds and scare them away. I knew they wouldn’t come or would be scared off. I knew how they thought. I could hide from them because I knew their limits – I knew where they would look for me and where they would not!

Does anyone know you that well?  Maybe your spouse of 34+ years knows you pretty well.  Maybe your parents or your children know you pretty well.  Maybe there are friends you have gotten to know over the years that know you pretty well – in limited situations.  But does anyone know you better than you know yourself?  God does!

God knows how we think – He actually knows all of our thoughts. Today’s passage says – serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Chronicles 28:1–10 – 1 David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the warriors and all the brave fighting men. 2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ 4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6 He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’ 8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever. 9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

God knows the hearts and minds of all. He searches us and knows us full well. We cannot hide from God – we are an open book before God. That is refreshing and scary at the same time!  Remember – there is no hiding from God.  God sees and knows all.  Place your trust in God – today!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 23, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , ,

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