2 Kings 8

2 Kings 8:1-29

SUMMARYWicked heart

OVERVIEWOur hearts are deceitful, and God knows what’s inside them. Hazael didn’t think he would be wicked, but Elisha knew what he would do as the future king.

BIG IDEAThe heart is deceitful and wicked.

KEY VERSEJeremiah 17:10 (God to Jeremiah)
But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.

I often hear people saying, “go with your gut,” and that concerns me. One’s gut or heart is not always a trustworthy guide. Seek me and follow me. I am reliable. If your gut doesn’t agree, let me persuade it after you’ve obeyed me. Jeremiah highlighted my thought on the subject: the heart is deceitful. But I search the heart and reward those who seek me. Be wise and trust me, not your gut.

Turn to me and allow me to mold and shape your heart. I am already at work in your life, but submitting to me instead of fighting me speeds up the process. Fill your head, heart, and soul with my word. Meditate on it and ask me to lead you. When you focus on me and chew on my word, you are more likely to be receptive to my leadership. When you fully submit to me, you can begin to “trust your gut,” for I will be filling it more than the world is. Test everything you feel against my word. Let me be the authority in your life.

Memorize today’s key verse from Jeremiah, and pause throughout the day to ask God to search your heart. It’s a healthy habit to develop and will help you hear from God with greater clarity.