Jeremiah 17:9-10, ” The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 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. (NKJV)
The words of God written in His book describes man as a being capable of doing good and bad things. And as we noticed of our free will, the ability to do all things beyond our power, we resulted to creating things that can satisfy our needs, lusts and wants. But this freedom made us sinful against our Creator, God.
And as God clearly knows all of us, the Bible explains that there is something wrong with men. Not that because God made us imperfect. God created us perfect in His eyes. Ecc 7:29 Lo, this only I have found, that God has made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions.
The Bible discloses the seat of man’s problem as being our hearts, our inner being, including our reasons. We are untrue to ourselves, we deceive not only other people but ourselves too, we are full of contradiction and unsure of almost everything in our lives. We always hide the real “us” from other people.
There is real danger in hiding and concealing ourselves from others. It is in this area that the heart performs its most destructive work.
If it gets to conceal the sins committed, there will be serious damage coming. The consequences of sins committed may be devastating. If we continue to do it, we will notice that it is our heart that deceives us into thinking that it is not so bad at all or that God is very merciful that He will forgive anything we have done wrong.
This is a foolish thinking.
This kind of thinking preceded the sudden death of Aaron’s sons, and also Ananiah and Sapphira of the New Testament.
Do we think that God will always forgive our sins?
Do we think that God will always overlook an attitude that so casually takes for granted sinful acts?
God does not ignore this kind of attitude. He wants us to realize that indeed, our hearts can be deceitful many times, but this heart of ours is also our powerful weapon to make our faith burning with enthusiasm, capable of doing the impossible all for the glory of God.
God does not avert His eyes when we commit sins that made us different from His image of holiness.
The heart deceives us into taking sin lightly.
But the real truth is, God is not taking our sins lightly because He loves us so much and He does not want us to be deceived with our very own hearts.
Sin has caused all the emotional and physical pain and death that mankind has experienced since Adam. Each of us is suffering to some degree from it right at this moment.
Does committing sin bring us happiness?
Do we love sin so much that we can’t stop from doing it?
Do we know that sins will destroy us and can lead us to death?
Do we want our sinful way of life to end?
The Bible teaches a way to end it, that is, to follow the words of Jesus, ”Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
When we repent, come to God and ask forgiveness, and begin controlling ourselves so that we do not sin, it will not stop sin in the world. Sin will continue to be a part of this world.
As Christians, we learned that unless we stop committing sin, sin will continue.
Each of us has to come and see that we are personally responsible for stopping our own sin in our lives.
We cannot wait for others to stop sinning before we stop.
We should stop sinning or God takes away our chance to repent in the Hour of our death.
We should not allow ourselves to be deceived into taking this casually as the world does. If many people can cheat and deceive their lives, love ones, neighbours, government, wives, husbands, friends and literally can get away from their cheats, think again…
We can not escape God.
We can not cheat God.
Psa 139:7 Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence?
Remember, God searches our hearts, He tests our minds and He will surely give us what is due for us according to what we have done, according to the fruit of our doings.