“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.”
Ever get that feeling that what you’re doing just isn’t right? That’s God’s weight. On your heart. But you keep on doing it because…. That can lead to “non-belief”. I know from experience.
I found the “pleasures” of sin early, at 13 years old. I had never made a connection with God up to that point, but I believed that He was everything that people said he was up to the kind, loving savior part. I remember crying “why cruel world, why?” (pathetic) and railing against God because I wasn’t getting what I wanted (but I was getting what I deserved, just didn’t put 2 and 2 together). I didn’t think that God was loving, perfect, or much of a savior because He sure wasn’t saving my sorry butt.
So what, what’s the point? God never gave up on me, God never stopped speaking to my hardened heart, never stopped chipping away at my selfish, self-centered behavior.
v4 “Haughty eyes and a proud heart (or arrogance and pride) – the unplowed field (characteristics) of the wicked – produce sin. Yep, it sure does, yet God never left me, never stopped chipping away at my cold, selfish heart. Eventually, 35 years later, I was beaten and had to stop and admit my way wasn’t working. I finally stopped fighting God and started to listen.
The point of this it’s that it’s true – the God is the kind, loving savior part. God never gives up on us.
V3 from The Message “Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors mean far more to God than religious performance.” God isn’t about religious performance, He’s about my performance, your performance, to do His will and not mine/yours.
V2 from The Message reads “we justify or actions by appearances; God examines our motives.” He examines and then He weighs on our heart. Listen, learn, go with the flow God is giving, not your own.
In His Name,