Proverbs 21 … Consider Him Who Weighs Our Hearts

Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
(21:2).

What is it about humanity that tends to find the good in self and the lousy in others? How is it that we so readily tend to use ourselves as the standard to measure worth and value? We compare actions with our own, and evaluate others based on what we would or wouldn’t do. I am guilty. I have a feeling I am not alone.

And this morning, as I was reminded of this through His truth, I shuddered. For He Weighs Our Hearts.

weighs: “8505. תָּכַן tāḵan: A verb meaning to weigh; to be equal. It describes God’s weighing actions as a process of moral evaluation…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

The image of a balance scale comes to mind; a scale that measures on the basis of equality.

“The beam of a balance, which resembles a yoke’s crossbeam, joins or couples the two pans just as a yoke joins the oxen. Just as it is better if the yoked oxen are evenly matched, so the purpose of the balance is to determine that the contents of the two pans are equal.” https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/3302/Pair-of-Scales.htm

Now, what does God use as His standard of equal measurement to Weigh Our Hearts? Himself; His character, His Holiness, His Righteousness, His Justice, His Mercy, His Grace… His Own Heart.

standard of measurement: “accepted or approved example of a quantity or quality against which others are judged or measured or compared.”

He alone is the only One Who is able to judge, and He Weighs Our Hearts as compared to His own. And who of us can measure up?

Consider Him Who Weighs Our Hearts

Once again, we see Jesus as His perfect Standard. Yesterday, we saw Jesus as the Trustworthy Man; and today we will see Him as the only One Whose Heart Weighs in perfect balance and equality with the Father Heart of God.

“I and the Father are one,” (John 10:30).

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, (Colossians 1:15).

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power… (Hebrews 1:3).

  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of obedience
    • To do righteousness and justice
      Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.
      (21:3).

      • “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me,” (John 6:38).
  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of justice
    • The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
      But is terror to the workers of iniquity,
      (21:15).

      • “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 7:12).
  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of wisdom
    • There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
      But a foolish man swallows it up,
      (21:20).

      • For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God, (1 Corinthians 1:18).
      • For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God… (1 Corinthians 3:19).
  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of loyalty
    •  He who pursues righteousness and loyalty
      Finds life, righteousness and honor.
      (21:21).

      • If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself, (2 Timothy 2:13).
  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of restraint
    • He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
      Guards his soul from troubles.
      (21:23).

      • And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed, (Matthew 27:12-14).
  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of humility
    • There is no wisdom and no understanding
      And no counsel against the Lord.
      (21:30).

      • Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, (Philippians 2:5-8).
  • He Weighs Our Hearts by His standard of dependence
    • The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
      But victory belongs to the Lord.
      (21:31).

      • who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; (1 Peter 2:22-23).

How do we respond to Him Who Weighs Our Hearts?

Left to ourselves, we are in big trouble on that balance scale.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, (Genesis 6:5).

And we are certainly incapable of diagnosing the problem, for we can’t possibly understand our deceitfully sick hearts.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?”
(Jeremiah 17:9).

But thanks be to God! When we place our faith in Christ, He recreates us as His new creation!

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).

And it hit me this morning. All of the book of Proverbs is a picture of His balance scales that Weigh Our Hearts and assess the qualities that He desires to equal His own. We know that in and of ourselves, we will never measure up. But in Christ, we are being changed into the new image of the One Who created us.

and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him, (Colossians 3:10).

And in His sovereign grace and care, He invites us to come to Him, to give up trying to measure up in and of ourselves, and to rest in faith as we are yoked with His Heart.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” (Matthew 11:28-29).

He has provided His perfect standard of measurement through His Word. And as He Weighs Our Hearts, He reveals to us the truth of our thoughts and intentions.

 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do, (Hebrews 4:12-13).

Oh, let us never try to hide from His truth, for that is impossible anyway. But let us daily seek His piercing, transforming truth to Weigh Our Hearts, that we may be renewed so as to understand His perfect will.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:2).

And when His balance scales reveal thoughts and intentions that do not measure up, let us be quick to confess our sins and trust Him to renew His right Spirit in us through the forgiveness and cleansing power of Him Weighs Our Hearts.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me,
(Psalm 51:10).

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9).

Let’s Grow Together!

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