In Hebrews 4:13, there is a powerful statement concerning God,
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
In this verse, we are taught that God sees what we do, and He sees the intent of what we do. That leads to one thing: total accountability.
There is no getting out of giving an account for our lives before God. We will all stand before Him. And at that time, there will be no shifting; there will be no saying one thing and thinking something else inside. Everything will be laid bare.
God sees everything all the time. Everything is open and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account. You just can't get away from God.
The Scripture says in Proverbs 15:3, The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
But God also sees the very intent of our heart. When Samuel was sent by God to anoint a new king over Israel, and he was at the house of Jesse, Jesse had his big strapping son pass by. As Samuel looked at this guy he thought, "Surely this is the Lord's anointed."
But God said, "I rejected this one. For the Lord does not see as man sees. Man looks on the outward appearance. But the Lord looks upon the heart."
Our intent can be right, but we can really mess up. God looks on our heart, and if our intent is right, He judges us according to our intent, not according to the mistakes we may have made. But, if the intent of our heart was not pure, God judges us according to that.
Live today…and every day…knowing that the Lord looks on the heart.
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