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Saturday, February 6, 2016

THE EXAMINER OF HEARTS

“People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.”  Proverbs 21:2
            Life is filled with people who do their own thing believing they are in the right.  They feel they have the right combination; belief in God, being nice to other nice people, doing kind things for others, kicking a few dollars in the offering plate (if they go to church at all) and perhaps even donating to a charitable cause.  They don’t steal or murder and only lie or cheat when they are boxed in a corner and have no other choice by their own estimation.  In that same estimation they are doing just fine.  But what does God think of their choices in life? 
            Our motivation is crucial to the Lord.  Do we make decisions based on what we think is right based on our own definition of right and wrong or do we make them based on the standard’s God has set forth in his word.  Doing what is right in our own eyes can be a dicey and dangerous thing. At times it can be the furthest thing from what God would have us do.  Do we ever consult the Lord, asking him for direction or guidance in our decisions?  Or are we simply too busy for such things. 
            If we would like to know that we are right with the Lord we must place his standards far above our own.  Anything thought of by us without the Lord’s input is inherently flawed because we simply do not know the right path to take on our own.  God wants us to succeed in his name throughout this life.  To think we can make a go of it without his intervention is a mistake.  Belief alone is not enough.  His way is the only safe, righteous and true way and the only way we can be assured will lead us to heaven when this life on earth is over.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

NOTE: The translation used today is the NEW LIVING TRANSLATION, published by Tyndale House.

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