“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Apparently no one.
Jeremiah 17:9 is quoted all the time, it would seem we really know it. Until reality is examined. If we thought our heart was truly deceitful would we ever trust ourselves?
Seems we wouldn’t. Instead religious folk walk around with a half-cocked assurance bordering on arrogance about every little thing they believe. “This is my truth, I hammered it out, God revealed it to me and I know it’s true.”
I’m not picking on a religion or a denomination, I’m picking on humanity in general, I aim high. We really shouldn’t trust ourselves, especially when it comes to our understanding of Scripture and God.
Now, I know, I know, I’m wading into dangerous waters here. I am not saying that nothing can be known. I am saying what you know is more than likely wrong! Unless you are in perfect agreement with the intended meaning of Scripture.
When we read Scripture the temptation is to read it for two things: 1) to find verses that back up what we already believe. 2) To find verses that justify our sins.
The real point of scripture is to reprove, rebuke, correct, instruct, train, guide, cut to pieces who we are. Why? Why would God’s Word be so cruel to us cute little fuzzy humans?
Because our heart is deceitful. Don’t trust yourself. Stick with what God says, don’t try to argue with it, don’t justify yourself in light of it, don’t dig for loopholes. Take it. Let it shine its light into the dark closets of your heart.
Your heart is deceitful, don’t trust it. Bring it to the Light of God’s Word and clean ‘er up.
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”
1 Corinthians 4:5