A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of
Words often reveal the condition of our hearts. However, there are also times when words can conceal how we truly feel. There are times when I am not honest with a friend about how I am truly feeling. There is always that friend that asks me how I am doing and I respond, “fine.” When I know in my heart that I am not really fine.
We can conceal our real feelings in our heart from both people and from God. In our reading today, Isaiah 29:15-24, the prophet Isaiah reveals the truth about the people of this day. And it seems they are no different from us today. They were religious people who were good at going through the motions of worship. They said all of the right things. But, their words were not in line with the true condition of their hearts. To most people, it seemed that they were very devout people, but in reality, their hearts were far from God.
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who see us? Who will know?”
God is most concerned about the condition of our hearts. We must continually seek to grow in our love for the Lord. If we do not we may end up just like the people of Isaiah’s day and find ourselves going through the motions. We may seem like we have a close relationship with Jesus, but in our hearts we are far from God. God looks at and knows our heart. We can not fool him. Draw near to Him today.