What God Knows
A great divide runs throughout the Bible, separating the human race into two camps. Moses saw those who would choose “life and prosperity” and those who prefer “death and destruction” (Deut. 30:15). Joshua recognized those who would serve pagan gods and those who would serve the God of Israel (Josh. 24:14-15). Jesus called the two groups those who would serve mammon (the things of this world) and those who would serve God (Matt. 6:24), while Paul called them those who walk after the flesh and those who walk after the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-23).
Jeremiah’s terms are perhaps the simplest: Those who trust in man versus those who trust in the Lord (Jer. 17:5, 7). Jeremiah’s demarcation is used within the context of the nation Israel. We are probably as surprised by this as Jeremiah was saddened—that there were those in God’s covenant community who did not truly believe. Some who professed to trust in the Lord really trusted only in man.
This reality led Jeremiah to write, on the Lord’s behalf, sobering words for any person to consider: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” The issue this raises is a challenging one: How could some in the community of faith in Israel profess to trust in the Lord when in fact they didn’t? In New Testament terms, how could Judas have been a follower of Jesus when in reality he was a follower of mammon? The answer in both cases is because the heart is deceitful. But the ray of light flashing into this darkness is in Jeremiah’s next words: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind . . . .” God knows everything, including who truly believes. Nothing escapes his attention.
Do you believe? If “Yes,” God knows that you do, and you do not need to wonder or worry if he knows. If “No,” God knows that as well. His invitation to you is also to live free from worry—to live in the knowledge that he knows you have crossed over the divide to trust in him. In either case, he knows your heart—and he wants you to be glad that he does.
God’s Promise to You: “I know you in order that you may have peace in being known.”