Thoughts and Motives

The Word of God exposes our thoughts and motives. This is a scary and awesome truth. I’ve heard many people make comments like “you don’t want to know my thoughts” or “it’s a scary place inside my head.” Yet at the same time, we live expecting people to know what we are thinking and oftentimes we get upset with others for not knowing what we were thinking and being on the same page. All the while, there are so many people who are deceptive, deceiving others but even deceiving themselves. Today’s verse reminds us that God’s Word “interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.”

Now this is truly scary. It means that even when we can fake it with people, we cannot fake it with God. When we deceive others with lies and manipulation, God sees right through it. When we lie to ourselves or deny the truth, even then God sees right through it. You can go through the motions and paint a nice picture, but that can never cover up what is painted on your heart.

God alone knows all of our thoughts and motives. It’s scary but it’s awesome. It’s awesome because He doesn’t just know and interpret what’s going on within us, seeking out our thoughts and motives, but He also reveals them to us. Why? Because we don’t even always know what’s going on inside of us. As we read Scripture, slowly things are unraveled. This is one of many reasons to dig deeper into God’s Word. We think when we open our Bibles that we are learning more about God. The truth is that as we read what God says, we learn so much about ourselves too. It is such an important part of our walk with Christ.

I cannot describe with words what it feels like to be reading Scripture and suddenly have your eyes opened to your thoughts and motives. It’s like suddenly, out of nowhere, you realize something you were doing that you were blind to seeing. Maybe you are like David hearing Nathan’s proclamation. It was YOU! See 2 Samuel 12:7 for a refresher. It was YOU! It is these moments that we need to have in our journey so that we can repent and grow. Today, I pray you lean into Him and watch how the living Word of God splits you open and reveals the secret motives of your heart.

“For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before His eyes, to whom we must render an account.” – Hebrews 4:12-13 [TPT]

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