For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
So much of our life is hidden at varying degrees from various people. The first and last of my days usually spent in my bathroom or on my couch are reserved to me. My wife and kids are spectators to the majority of the time in my home. It is usually a comedy by the way. Co workers see me daily at work. Life group hangs out with me once or twice a week. Friends get some time here and there. And on Sunday the whole church gets just a peek at what makes me, me.
But God sees it all. He sees it clearly. So clearly that he knows intention behind decision.
I would love to say that the reason I played football was to use the abilities God had given me to create a platform to share his name to the world around me. My intentions, looked something a bit different. Girls and glory (mine not God’s). It was really shallow.
And God knows our intentions. We can trick people with false humility or surprised looks, but deep down we know why we took the path we did. And realizing that makes me sad. I want to be able to be more honest really. I want to not have to worry about who is watching my life or feel shameful when I don’t act right toward my family or practice my alterior motives before walking into a meeting. I want to live in such a way that people know my heart. That my motives are pure. And so, God lets us know that he knows.
I think God loves knowing. Because he loves us. Yes, it’s brutal when we let selfishness direct our paths or greed. But God is so redeeming. He is so replenishing. He is so perfect. He knows where our paths lead to. And he has examined them realizing that through Jesus they lead back to Him. When Paul talks about everything working for the good of those who love the Lord and are called to his purposes, he is letting us know that for those who believe the path leads to good places.
Today, let us check our intentions. Let us look at our paths. Let us invite others to see our heart. Let us repent to God who sees it all so clearly. Let us walk in the good works God created for us.