Jeremiah 17:7-10 NIV
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
Jeremiah tells us that God’s people have become enmeshed in this world and living for what is necessary in this life. The sins they commit as they pursue these necessities, are written with an iron tool on their own hearts. God’s anger is kindled and He promises them they will loose everything and will become slaves to the things of this life. The barren wasteland is the place for all who turn from the pathway of trust in God. Those who will not follow will reap the whirlwind.
But, not those who trust in the Lord. They will prosper and grow and become fruitful. They have no worries because they trust God. Their roots reach out and find the nourishing stream and when the stream dries up, they still produce fruit to God. When the heat of the sun beats down, still the fruit appears.
At this point, God stops us in our tracks.
He reminds us our hearts are totally deceitful. Their is no cure for them without the forgiveness of a God. It is so difficult to face what is there and the moral decay we live in, is monstrous. We do not suspect ourselves. It is painful to look into our hearts and see what is there. We cannot bear it without the knowledge that we are loved by God. He is able and willing to forgive and make us the people we are not.
If God should search our hearts, what would He find.? It is He who saves us and purifies the work that we do, to make it acceptable to Him. The searcher of hearts shows us what we need to know, so that we can repent and move closer to Him. Sin is ugly, but when we face it, and repent, God washes it away and gives us power to change.
On that last great day, may we have deeds done in faith and love, acceptable to our God and a character that loves Christ and has obeyed Him.