“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all of the time! I would like to add, more importantly, you can never fool God!In 1 Samuel 16:7, we read, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Jeremiah 17:9 adds, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
How do we obtain and maintain a pure heart in the eyes of God? One of the most painful, yet effective ways God uses to purify our hearts is through trials. I often hear people say, “God won’t give me more than I can handle.” The truth is, He will not give you more than He can handle. Is it hard to rejoice through our trials, but James teaches us why God uses the trials in our life. James 1:2-4 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
I heard the story of a woman who asked a silversmith about the process of refining silver. He graciously invited her to come to his shop and watch the process. As she watched him hold the piece of silver over the fire, he explained why the flame needed to be in the direct center of the silver piece. He said, “It is where the flame is the hottest in order to burn away all the impurities.” The woman immediately thought of the verse in Malachi that says, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver” (Malachi 3:3). She then asked the silversmith if he needed to stay the entire time it was being refined. He said, “Yes, but not only to hold onto the piece but to keep my eye on it while it is in the fire.” He said, “You see, if the silver gets too hot the piece will be destroyed.” She then asked, “How will you know when the silver is fully refined?” He said with a smile. “Oh, that’s easy! When I can see my image in it.”
I appreciate the song, “How Firm A Foundation:”
When through fiery trials, thy pathway shall lie
My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply
The flame shall not hurt thee, my only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
The condition of our heart is very important to our relationship with God. We can be deceived into believing we have a pure heart but God tests all motives, thoughts, and actions. I would encourage you to pray and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to purify your heart each day.