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searching the heart

By Lily Jow
August 8, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

Ezra 7:1-8:20
1 Corinthians 4: 1-21
Psalm 30: 1-12
Proverbs 20:28-30

I am sitting here at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and it is the day where my daughter is going in for a procedure on her heart. She has something called, Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and this condition causes her to heart to beat at a rapid pace without warning or prompting for extended periods of time. When you stop and think about it, the heart is quite an amazing organ. It pumps blood from one chamber to the next, sending the blood around your body. The blood provides your body with the vital oxygen and nutrients needed and also carries away waste.

I am truly thankful that we have the medical technology that can help resolve these SVTs and know how blessed we are to have world renown Stanford Hospital in our backyard. Today, the doctor will use catheters and imaging to map out the extra electrical pathway that causes the SVTs. Once located, they set off a tachycardia to locate the extra electrical pathway and use cryoablation to then freeze it! Crazy right?

However, as advanced as our medical technology is, no procedure can fix the areas of our heart that are darkened by sin. Much like the imaging done to reveal the extra electrical pathway, God searches our hearts to bring correction. As we read 1 Cor 4: 1-21, verses 4-5 stand out to me as Apostle Paul writes, “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” Paul is 100% accurate in diagnosing the condition of the heart and doesn’t argue with God the authority He has to judge.

God knows our motives and can see through our hearts. I am reminded of an old worship song taken from Psalm 51,“Create in me a clean heart Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.” We have to actively confess and ask God to bring the kind of correction our heart needs. Our good God pursues us with such passion and sheds light into the dark areas of our hearts to free us from the bondages of sin.

But what do we do when God exposes the areas of our hearts that are darkened? Psalm 30: 1-12 tells us exactly what to do. In verse 2, David cries out, “LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. In verse 5, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” How kind and gracious of God, to withhold His wrath on us. He judges to bring correction into our lives, not condemnation. When we call out to God for help, He brings change that heals our broken and corrupt hearts.

God is both judge and healer. Thank you Lord, that you judge for our correction and you heal out of your merciful love. Thank you Lord, that your anger lasts momentarily, but that your favor lasts a lifetime.

To memorize:

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

— Psalm 30:5

Prayer to start with: Oh Lord, reveal to me the areas of my heart that are darkened by sinful desires. I declare that you have every authority to judge the motivations of my heart. Only you can create in me a pure heart. I pray by the power of your Holy Spirit that you renew my spirit and make my heart willing to obey.