April 29

For God will bring every deed into judgment, in clouding every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Do you have a secret?  Some past event or action or even a thought hidden deep inside?  Maybe it’s a good secret which will be revealed in time, such as a surprise party for a friend or family member, or perhaps a new baby coming.  Anticipation and excitement usually go along with those kinds of secrets.  But what if its a bad secret, something shameful or despicable or shocking, something that you don’t want anyone ever to know about you?  That secret you carefully guard, along with the uncomfortable feelings that the secret generates.

Who among us does not harbor something in our minds that we do not wish to share with anyone? We are human after all.  None of us are completely pure.  But can we, even in our humanness, be “pure in heart”?

God does indeed know everything about us, our innermost secrets, good or bad.  And we will be judged.  But I believe that God looks mostly at our hearts, and I believe that our hearts will be pure for God will see his love for us mirrored there.  And if we are loved by God and have his love in our hearts, we cannot help but follow his commands and do his bidding. We are blessed for we will see God.

Dear God, thank you for blessing us with faith.  Complete us in your image, that we may be pure in heart and at home in your kingdom where we will see you in all your glory.  Amen

Joan Perlich