Luke 16:15

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

 We have all experienced the Sunday morning exchange which goes something like this: Person 1 says, “Hey man, good to see you. How are you?” To which person 2 responds, “I’m doing great, busy, but great.” Person 1 then says, “Awesome, brother. I’ll be praying for you!” It is the most superficial of exchanges because person 2 doesn’t want person 1 to know he is struggling at his job, his relationship with his parents is on the rocks, and he hasn’t prayed in weeks. This masking of our true selves may work okay with others, but it doesn’t work with God. He sees right through our façade.

How silly it is to try to hide what we are going through from God who already knows our deepest desires and our darkest secrets. He created us and He knows our hearts even better than we do! So why do you hide? Is it because you are ashamed and you don’t want God to know what is actually going on? Are you afraid He won’t love you anymore?

The worst thing you can do when you are going through something is to try to mask it from God and then think he doesn’t know or understand. As the verse in Luke above says, “God knows your heart.” Let this be a comfort and not something that scares you. Pour your heart out to Him and you will find yourself resting like never before in the arms of the great Comforter.

QUESTION 1. Are you trying to wear a “Christian” mask for God? When you talk with God, do you pour your heart out or do you use all the best Christian phrases?
QUESTION 2. Why aren’t you being real with God? Answer this honestly: Is it because you are ashamed? Are you scared of what God will think about you?
CHALLENGE: Be genuine and real with God. He knows your heart and loves you no matter what. Allow Him to comfort you.
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