Shan Jackson

Shan Jackson

There is an old adage that goes something like this, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” And this adage is absolutely true. As human beings, we have become quite adept at fooling others. We have learned to put on a facade that is all but indictable to those around us. We can say “yes” when we really mean “no” (and visa versa), and no one can tell the difference.

However, something we fail to realize is that there is one who can always see the truth. One who can always tell sincerity from insincerity. One who knows the true nature of the human heart. You see, God cannot be fooled.

By inspiration, Paul writes, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6,7-10.

While King Saul ignored the true causes of his troubles, God saw everything clearly. Many in our world need to do some serious introspection and consider the true nature of our hearts in humility and respect. Only when we clearly see our heart as God sees our heart can we begin to understand His divine will for us.

As Saul pursued David in an attempt to kill him, David was afforded an opportunity to kill Saul instead. Yet, even though he is encouraged to do so by his men, David refused. His words are recorded in 1 Samuel 24.8-10, David also arose afterward, went out of the cave, and called out to Saul, saying, “My Lord, the King!” And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the Earth, and bowed down. And David said to Saul: “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed, David seeks your harm’? Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.”

The nature of our heart can be hidden. It can also be swayed. For that reason, we must always adhere to God’s word for our lives. He knows the nature of our heart even better than we.

An important spiritual application for us to remember is that Jesus declares those who are not with Him are against Him (Matthew 12:30). In other words, those who are not faithfully serving the Lord are putting forth their hands against the Lord’s anointed. The Lord knows our hearts and who is on the Lord’s side. Let us always be faithful to the Lord.

Shan Jackson is a minister at the Port Lavaca Church of Christ

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