“All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.”-Proverbs 16:2 (NIV)
Our motives. What a sticky topic to think on. We always think our motives are pure, but there is a depth to them that reaches far beyond our own understanding or comprehension.
Webster’s defines motive as “something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act.” The Hebrew word used in this verse is ruwach which encompasses a multitude of things, namely: wind, breath, mind and spirit. Our motive, as seen in this verse, is essentially God in us. The degree of which we are being transformed into the likeness of the Savior is weighed by the Lord. He knows the degree of Himself reflected when He gazes into that heart of yours.
We come to God with a mix of head and heart, trying to make sense of the heart, which is deceitful above all things. But the heart is also the place that Jesus came to recover and that the Creator is in pursuit of uncovering. He places His desires in your heart and says it is good.
As we look deeper into our motives and the truth of the state of our hearts, I wonder if it’s possible to trust God when He says what He sees there is good. We know we hope it’s good, we know the truth is it probably isn’t so good, and we know, by the saving grace of Jesus, our God sees goodness there still. Can you put all other skepticism on hold for a beat and cling fast to the truth that He calls you good?
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