“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”
Jeremiah 17:9 (The Message)
But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:8 (The Message)
These verses from the books of Jeremiah and Romans really sum it up. God knows our heart, our intentions, our selfish thinking, and he calls us on it. And yet, he loves us. I mean, isn’t that great news? Don’t think you can pull one over on God. He knows us. But even in our state of rebellion and self-serving behavior, he gives remedies. He just asks us to agree with his assessment.
The key here is agreeing with God. You see, if we agree with God- see things the way he sees them- we have wisdom and life. Accept that we are sinners and incapable of saving ourselves, and he will gladly apply the remedies that are needed.
So, accepting our state is key. Yet we cannot be comfortable being so far from God’s intended plans for us. We accept that we are unable to save ourselves, but humble enough to gratefully accept his plans, and ask his help in making us into his intended creation.
Indeed, we cannot get to perfection, but God asks us to start on that journey, to be completed at a later time.
Prayer: Lord, what a plan that you love us right where we are, Amen