The human heart is a truly fickle thing. We think we know people, only to be at times amazed at the strength they draw from within themselves, their character and integrity. We also are often disappointed by people, stunned at how low they can at times go in their desire to achieve their ends. Occasionally, we are honest enough to look inwardly without hiding behind excuses and we are even more shocked. It is so much easier to take people as we find them and believe the best without reason.
Yet God is not like us. He is not impressed by the things that will often sway our opinion. He cares little for our appearance, other than how it reveals our hearts and He cares nothing for our possessions, which last a very short time and distract us from what is truly important. God cares about our hearts. He always has and He always will.
The Psalmist reminds us that God was there at our conception, giving us life and knitting us together in our mother’s womb. He searches the depths of our hearts from the very beginning and He never stops. Moreover, because He is God, He is not restricted by the elements that contain us. He knew us before we were born. He knew our hearts, our strengths, and weaknesses. He knew who could be saved and He knew who would embrace evil. He did not make those choices for us, He simply knew our hearts.
Having known His people from the beginning of time and also having known the incredible wickedness that would often surround them, God got busy. He looked beyond the comfort of any given moment and kept His eyes on His eternal target. His resurrected Church. With that in mind, He chose to use circumstances and interventions to achieve His end.
Faith is believing God.
That means we believe that God is at work in our circumstances, for our eternal benefit. We have little difficulty accepting the good. When things work out and all is well when plans come together, we often do see God at work and we give thanks. Yet there are times when God sends storms and hardship into our lives and we encounter incredibly painful circumstances. Yet it is in these times where He is even closer. God uses these times to break unnatural affections to both people and things that would draw us away and defile our hearts.
Our world is being shaken. It began with drought, then it was fires, next came the flooding rains and now a pandemic. This week, reports are coming out of Europe of an incredible cold snap, with temperatures up to 16 degrees below average and frosts so heavy as to cause damage to early spring budding. Farmers are reporting complete crop losses. These are difficult times and they show little sign of easing. The world of luxury and opulence to which we have become accustomed is disappearing. The immediate future looks very austere.
The words of Jesus ring true. ‘The moth and rust have eaten and the thief has stolen the wealth of this world.’ Therefore ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God’. (Mt 6:19-21) Treasure that which cannot be stolen. Look beyond this moment in time and see the hope there is in Jesus.