Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
When God originally created man, He did so looking at us as a perfect creature. We were His perfect creation. To make us perfect, He gave us characteristics like His own. A mind to think with, the will to choose, and a heart full of emotions. In doing so, He also gave man the opportunity to mess up. So it goes, we did, and still do. Man’s heart, thoughts, and will have become corrupted by the sin which Satan introduced into this world.
The verse just before Jeremiah 17:10 says our hearts are “desperately wicked: who can know it?” The answer is, God. God knows our hearts even better than we do. He knows what we really desire. Our verse today says, “I try the reins.” What do reins do when put on a horse? They are used to direct this large animal to stop and go, or to turn left or right. What would be the reins of a person? Well they would be the mind, or the heart of a person. Your mind tells you to stop doing something, or start doing something, or to go here or there. God knows the mind of a person.
So ask yourself, what is it that your mind and heart really want? You can see the answer as God does by your ways. Where do you go? What do you do? With whom do you hang out? How often does this include God? If you don’t like the answers, maybe you had better get a firmer grip on the reins! Better yet, let God have them.
As the day goes by, ask God to keep your mind on things that would be glorifying to Him. When you find your mind wandering, wander back over toward God. He is waiting for you to allow Him to lead.
When God searches your heart and mind, does He find He has control?
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