I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 17:10 NKJV
Search, test, give, doings
so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And they prayed, “Lord, You know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen
God “will repay each one according to his deeds.”
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Then I will strike her children dead, and all the churches will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done.
1 Kings 8:39
be heard by You from heaven, Your dwelling place. And may You forgive and act, and repay each man according to all his ways, since You know his heart–for You alone know the hearts of all men–
1 Chronicles 28:9
As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.
A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts.
This is an evil in everything that is done under the sun: There is one fate for everyone. Furthermore, the hearts of men are full of evil and madness while they are alive, and afterward they join the dead.
So He will repay according to their deeds: fury to His enemies, retribution to His foes, and recompense to the islands.
But, O LORD of Hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance upon them, for I have committed my cause to You.
They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. They have exhausted themselves to no avail. Bear the shame of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”
O LORD of Hosts, who examines the righteous, who sees the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance upon them, for to You I have committed my cause.
the One great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are on all the ways of the sons of men, to reward each one according to his ways and the fruit of his deeds.
so that I may take hold of the hearts of the people of Israel. For because of their idols, they are all estranged from Me.’
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:5-11 He who puts confidence in man, shall be like the heath in a desert, a naked tree, a sorry shrub, the product of barren ground, useless and worthless. Those who trust to their own righteousness and strength, and think they can do without Christ, make flesh their arm, and their souls cannot prosper in graces or comforts. Those who make God their Hope, shall flourish like a tree always green, whose leaf does not wither. They shall be fixed in peace and satisfaction of mind; they shall not be anxious in a year of drought. Those who make God their Hope, have enough in him to make up the want of all creature-comforts. They shall not cease from yielding fruit in holiness and good works. The heart, the conscience of man, in his corrupt and fallen state, is deceitful above all things. It calls evil good, and good evil; and cries peace to those to whom it does not belong. Herein the heart is desperately wicked; it is deadly, it is desperate. The case is bad indeed, if the conscience, which should set right the errors of other faculties, is a leader in the delusion. We cannot know our own hearts, nor what they will do in an hour of temptation. Who can understand his errors? Much less can we know the hearts of others, or depend upon them. He that believes God’s testimony in this matter, and learns to watch his own heart, will find this is a correct, though a sad picture, and learns many lessons to direct his conduct. But much in our own hearts and in the hearts of others, will remain unknown. Yet whatever wickedness there is in the heart, God sees it. Men may be imposed upon, but God cannot be deceived. He that gets riches, and not by right, though he may make them his hope, never shall have joy of them. This shows what vexation it is to a worldly man at death, that he must leave his riches behind; but though the wealth will not follow to another world, guilt will, and everlasting torment. The rich man takes pains to get an estate, and sits brooding upon it, but never has any satisfaction in it; by sinful courses it comes to nothing. Let us be wise in time; what we get, let us get it honestly; and what we have, use it charitably, that we may be wise for eternity.
This is a fundamental rule to all lasting success in this world and the one to come. It is reassuring, terrifying and amazing at the same time.
It is reassuring in that good deeds, noble efforts, hard work, doing good for another and striving to do the right thing are not only measured but is rewarded. And even greater than the actual outcome, or the effort put forth is the motivation behind it. God knows all. He tests. He sees. And in His timing, He either rewards or punishes accordingly.
What kind of system would it be if this wasn’t the case? Who wants to play a game or compete in a sport without consistency and a accurate score keeper?
You know, these are fundamental principles that permeate all of life for ‘givers gain’, ‘what goes around, comes around, sooner or later’, ‘the chickens come home to roost’, ‘karma’, ‘you reap what you so’, and so forth.
Yet it is also terrifying, or should be, in that the very Scripture verse before this one states, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure—who can understand it?’
Without God’s intervention and help, we are all doomed. That is a Biblical fact and and facts are stubborn things.
This why the Gospel of Christ is so amazing!
Thank God we have a sure chance to get much more than we deserve.
LORD, You know me better than I know me. You created me to glorify and do good. Help me to do just that. Thank YOU forever for saving my wayward soul. Now i am wayword.