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1 Chronicles 28:9 – And you, Solomon my son, get to know well your father's God; serve him with a whole heart and eager mind, for God examines every heart and sees through every motive. (MSG)
When I was a child, there were many times when I would do something that I thought my mother knew nothing about — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes, I thought I had gotten away with one of the bad things — for a few days. Then Mom would say she knew about it. When I was very young, I couldn't understand how she knew. She often said, "A little birdie told me." I couldn't understand where that little birdie was or how he could talk and tell Mom those things. When I questioned her about it, she would often say that she had eyes in the back of her head. That made no sense to me either.
Of course, as I grew, I knew who the birdie was. Also, as a mother, I understood about having eyes in the back of my head. I had them too. I also had a little birdie in my home when my children were young.
I have thought about those experiences in relation to today's verse of Scripture. God does see what we do — the good, the bad, and the ugly. But more than that, He examines our hearts and sees through our every motive. Nothing is hidden from Him. That is a sobering thought.
Are our motives right when we serve others? Are they right when we serve God? How about with our work? Our careers? Our friends? Our family? What is God seeing when He is examining our hearts? In today's verse, King David is admonishing his son to get to know God and to serve Him wholeheartedly. When we get to know God, then we can be more aware of our motives. We can hear God admonish us more easily when our motives are wrong. Let's pursue Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for this admonition to get to know You and to serve You. Please show us what is deep in our hearts. Sometimes, we don't even know our motives. But You do and we thank You for that. May we be ready and willing to listen to You in every area of our lives. Amen.
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