March 28, 2020
But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart… (Jeremiah 11:18-20)
We don’t get to hear much in the liturgical cycle from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. Today’s passage offers one of my favorite “labels” or images of God.
God is the searcher of mind and heart.
I like it because it gives me comfort while at the same time holding me accountable. Simply put, God has no blind spots. He sees us always; he sees through us always. He clearly sees what is on on my mind and in my heart.
There are times I am not at my best (deacons mess up too!). I am as broken and sinful as anyone else. I may do or say things that I later regret; things outside of my “general nature.” I find comfort in knowing that God knows my heart. He recognizes those actions do not define me; they are not “who I am.”
Conversely, I may justify some of my uncharitable behaviors. In my mind, I convince myself that a particular behavior is “for the good” while in fact it serves only me. This image of God as the searcher of mind and heart reminds me that I can’t get away with that. God cannot be fooled.
I am in a relationship with God – in a relationship with someone who loves me and forgives me, while still holding me accountable and pushing me to be a better disciple.