No faking it.
You and I see the outside of people – what they look like, what they wear, where they live and how they act.
God has an entirely different perspective of us – he looks on the inside. He knows my intentions, my motivations and desires. He knows what I’m thinking – I don’t have to say anything.
When Samuel was picking who would be king after Saul, God said to him, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16: 7. Knowing this is true challenges me as well as gives me confidence. I’m glad God sees below my surface – he understands my true feelings. He knows me better than any human being ever could.
But the fact that God knows my thoughts also challenges me. Like many of us who have been on this road of faith for a long time, I have gotten better at not saying things I shouldn’t say. But have I trained my mind to not think them? Have I let God renew my mind so it doesn’t go where it shouldn’t go? The honest answer is – sometimes. There are areas of my life where it is difficult to control my thinking. There are other situations where I find it pretty easy to leave it all with God.
With our recent pandemic, for example, I found it very easy to ‘let go and let God’. I was obviously NOT in control of anything about that situation so I simply turned any concerns or fears I had about that craziness over to God. Meanwhile, I did my part of trusting God and obeying him – confident that he was in control of everything.
A woman in one of my Bible study groups shared last week about how much she worries. She wakes up worrying and goes to sleep worrying – when she can sleep – and she doesn’t stop worrying in between. Wow! I realized that I rarely worry. When I do, I’ve gotten good at stopping my thoughts and turning the things I’m worried about over to God. I have learned that my worrying is useless, it simply creates anxiety over things I can’t control. My prayers, however, are very effective, giving my concerns to God who can actually do something about them.
I’m continuing to trust God with whatever is coming next and it’s comforting to know that God sees this when he looks into my heart today.
I filter everything that happens to me through the facts that God loves me with a perfect love and is working everything out for my good.
God has promised and he always keeps his promises.
Thank you, Abba Father.