“…God left him, to try him that he might know all that was in his heart.”  (2 Chronicles 32:31)

This comment is about King Hezekiah.  At the beginning of his reign, he had humbled himself before the LORD, and the country had prospered, and enemies that came up against Israel were defeated.  In the course of time, the Scriptures say, “his heart was lifted up,” meaning he became full of pride.  You can read about Hezekiah in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, and Isaiah.

 “God left him, to try him that he might know all that was in his heart.” 

At times I have felt as if God has left me.  Perhaps it was because God wanted to know all that was in my heart.  It was a test!  Did I pass the test?  The enemy Satan seems to know when that happens because the thoughts that enter my mind are not godly thoughts, they become complaints and murmurings.  What I am learning is to recognize whether the thought originates with me, or the Holy Spirit, or if it comes from Satan.  Satan never exalts God as holy.  He always exalts himself, feeding me thoughts that sow seeds of doubt in my mind.  I am prone to latch onto those ungodly thoughts and meditate on them.  When I humble myself before God I realize I’ve succumbed to the deceits of Satan.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit.” (Psalm 51:10 – 12)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7)

May I always be on guard, so I will not, like Hezekiah, allow my heart be lifted up.

God was watching and listening to Hezekiah to “know all that was in his heart.”  God is always watching, and listening to me, that like Hezekiah He will know all that is in my heart.

Jane Owens