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God tries the hearts

Memorize: Proverbs 17:3

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-7

The heart is the source of all deeds whether good or evil. It is the state of the heart that dictates the way a man is or will be. When Cain was going to misbehave to God in the offer of his sacrifice, it was that his heart was not right. Although the Lord tried to assist him to have a rethink, he disallowed the purging of his heart and ended up killing his brother. For silver to be made pure, it is taken into the fining pot and if it be gold, through the furnace. However, the heart of man is purged through the knowledge of the truth that has capacity to set it free. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Issues of life proceed from the heart. Fornication, adultery, theft, murder and the like are first processed in the heart before they are put to action. It is therefore from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. To know a person’s heart, check his words. God however knows a man’s heart from a distance, transparently. He rejected the soldierly and king-like built Eliab but preferred David and described him as a man after His own heart. David’s heart must have been so trained in virtue through the knowledge of the truth in the word of God. He gave himself to the word and professed it with the result that it shaped his heart well.

Friend, for you to overcome the darts thrown at you by the enemy in this world, allow God to try your heart by His word just like the refiner tries gold in the furnace. Give yourself to the study of the word of God and make sure you act on all you derive from doing so. This is what endears you to God and His benefits. Such benefits are enviably horrendous. Think about it: when David was found with a tried heart, he was brought from the back side of the desert to be anointed king over God’s people; he became automatically a palace regular; a giant slayer; a doyen of the women of the country; a leader of leaders and a king like no other who became a reference point even for many years after his demise. You can also submit your heart to God by championing His word. Your own testimony will be the next to shake the earth.


Father, I cherish your word. Help me to be tried therein that I may be approvable of you all through my life in Jesus name.

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