We cannot fool God. We are like an open book. A transparent material. A see-through covering. Nothing is hidden about us in the eyes of God. What we try most to hide and cover in the eyes of men, we cannot do before God. He sees even the recesses of the heart. We can mask and camouflage our way through with people but we cannot do that with God. When man sees a pure and beautiful heart, the Lord sees through it. God knows that the heart of man is deceitful. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9.
God searches our heart and tests our mind. Our actions are the fruits of what is inside of us. It is the thoughts of the heart and the mind that dictate how we live our life. “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” – Proverbs 27:19. Truly, sometimes, we are even deceived by our own thoughts and beliefs. We think we are good. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” – Proverbs 21:2. But when God starts to test our mind and reveal what is in our heart, we are surprised to learn that what we have always thought to be true and good is not true and good at all. “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” – Jeremiah 17:10. God is able to strip us of the wisdom, pride, and every thought we have. Then we realize that the wisdom we have is not wisdom after all. It is all foolishness. “For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness,’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’” – 1 Corinthians 3:19-20. “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” – 1 Corinthians 1:20-21. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” – 1 Corinthians 1:25. God reveals the truth in us. Every high thought, prideful act, selfish motive, and anything that is in the shadows which blinds man in outward appearances are crystal clear in the eyes of God. “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7. As we follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot fake godliness and fake obedience because He sees it all. He searches the heart for sincere love for Him. He tests the mind for genuine truth in Him. The outward actions are validated by the intention of the heart. Every good deed becomes worthless when the intention is not pure and godly. This is what comes foremost to God. Let us seek for a pure heart as David did after he repented for the sin he committed against God. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Pslam 51:10.