“Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men).” – 2 Chronicles 6:30
When I was growing up, we always had chickens on our farm. One year, Mom and Dad bought huge incubators and filled the small living area of our house with them. We were warmed by lamps night and day as the eggs developed into hatching chicks.
The incubators had double shelves of trays with rows of eggs, which had to be turned every day. The part that fascinated us children was the “candling.” That was when each egg was held up to a light so we could look into it and determine if a chick was developing inside. If a chick was developing, you could actually see the embryo growing in the egg! If there was no life evident in the egg, it was discarded.
Anyone can see through an eggshell with a light that is bright enough, but there is only One who can see into the hearts of men, and that is God. When a sinner is hungry for salvation, though you and I might not think that one would ever surrender, God can see through the facade and pretense. He sees past the false bravado of a soul that is crying inside for Him, and can melt the hardness of that heart. Then, when that one surrenders, God gives a new heart, removing all the confusion, guilt, and turmoil, and replacing it with peace, joy, and confidence in Him. How thankful we are that He sees past our sinful actions to our true longings!
Even after we are saved, it is important for God to keep looking into our hearts. He watches to make sure we are developing properly and nurtures us each day. He knows when we hurt, when we are lonely, when we are discouraged, and when we are faithful. No matter what we face, He knows how to help us through because He sees what we need—even when we do not.
It is a comfort to know that God can see past what others see, to the thoughts and intents of our hearts! As we walk with Him, let’s remember to ask Him to search our hearts, that we might grow to be more like Him each day.