God knows our hearts, even things we are hesitant to admit to him. Trust me; you’ll feel better talking it over with him. Try it and see!
Is knowledge enough to get us through life? I would argue that it is not. Let’s use an example that is near & dear to me, since my eldest just got his license: driving a car. You can study the handbook provided by the DMV office; you can memorize every motor vehicle regulation in your state; you can even get practice on a simulation machine. But, any of you who already have your driver’s license know that none of those things compare to actually getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and driving yourself.
Why, then, would we expect our spiritual lives to be any different? Simply attending church now & then or saying, “Bless you” when someone sneezes is not the same as having a genuine relationship with Christ. On occasions when I’ve had the chance to share my faith, I can remember several times when someone would respond, “Yeah, I believe in God.” Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but James 2:19 tells us that even the demons believe that much, and they tremble in fear at the name of the Lord. In fact, Luke 4:41 goes so far as to say that the demons even understand that Jesus is the Christ! They know everything they need to know about the Lord, so what’s the problem?
Just believing in God and even believing that Jesus is the Messiah is not enough. That knowledge has to make a journey from your brain to your heart. Romans 1:21 is a good example – it says that although the people knew God, they neither gave him honor nor thanks. In other words, the knowledge was all in their heads, and not in their hearts. The Common English Bible translation puts it this way: “their foolish hearts were darkened.”
God wants us to know him, and not just know about him. You know the difference … think about your spouse and/or your very best friend. That person really knows you; in fact, he or she probably knows what you are thinking before you even say a word. They don’t just know facts about you, but they know your heart. God has written us a very lengthy love letter, and he wants us to know his heart.
Verses like Prov. 22:6 can be hard to swallow when you have a rebellious child. Read 1 Peter 5:7 & take heart that God knows your concerns.
God knows all about our tough jobs in life; after all, he loved us though our darkest days when we were furthest from him! (Romans 5:8)
Proverbs 31 mentions recognition & acknowledgement several times. It’s good to be reminded that God knows our hearts & sees our efforts.
Jesus advised the Pharisees that although they tried to puff themselves up and justify their greed, God knows our motives. (Luke 16:14-15)
Even when it feels like the odds are stacked against us, we can rest in the presence of the one who knows our hearts. (1 John 3:19-20)
Do you ever wonder what to pray? Read Romans 8:26-27 and be encouraged that he who knows our hearts also knows our needs.
In Acts 15:8 (NIV), Peter explained how “God, who knows the heart,” accepted the Gentile new believers. Nothing is hidden from him.
In a plea for God’s intervention, the author of Psalm 44:21 reminds us that God knows the secrets of our hearts. Lift your burdens to him.