Seeing The Heart


Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

When God looks at the human heart, he knows what he’s looking at. 1 Samuel 16:7 suggests that we don’t and can’t, even when we look at our own hearts. The results of not seeing the heart for what it is can be disastrous. An Illinois man died waiting for a donor kidney a month after his transplant operation was halted when doctors found a Chicago organ bank employee sent a heart to the downstate hospital by mistake. The patient was in the operating room May 12 undergoing surgery when the mistake was discovered. Doctors closed the man’s incision and he died Sunday still awaiting a replacement kidney. “They got him ready for surgery, took him in to the operating room, did the incision, got all his nerve endings prepared, and when they went to open the box, it was a heart. They had labeled in wrong,” Daniel DeVore Jr., a friend of the deceased patient told Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times. A spokesman for the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois said, an organ-recovery coordinator mislabeled two organs. The kidney should have gone to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., and a heart to a Chicago research laboratory. The surgeon called the organ bank but the lab had already opened the package containing the kidney and it was no longer suitable for transplant. John Sherman, 31, who had been waiting for a kidney for 13 years, went back on the organ waiting list. DeVore said Sherman was crushed and devastated by the mix-up. He died during the weekend.

We can take two things from this story. First, only God knows the human heart, and therefore, only God is capable of seeing what is inside someone else. So we shouldn’t suppose that we know them at that level because only God can. Second, since God knows what is in our heart we cannot hide anything from him. We may be able to hide it from others, even those close to us, but we cannot hide it from God. Since this is the case we should seek not to discern what others are at the core, but rather ask God to reveal to us what we are like at the core.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


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