The Masking of the Heart

Oh yes, there are some. Some who will bare all that lies within. Some that will tell you every little detail that flicks along the heartway. Some who have no qualms about sharing what lies within their heart, but that is rare. Most people like to keep what passes along their heartway a secret. Some perhaps out of fear, some perhaps out of embarrassment, others out of deceitfulness. Rarely, do people share what is truly going on inside their heart. Instead they try to mask the truth. They mask their pain, their disappointment, their feelings of revenge, hatred, love, desires. You name it, and it resides in a person’s heart. People mask not only the bad but also the good.

Hearts are tricky things. In them, lie our dreams, desires, fears, failings, regrets, and weaknesses. Both good and bad. Side by side they lay. My feelings of anger toward someone might lie next to my dreams of success. My adoration of someone might lie next to my dislike of his neighbor. My desire to be well-liked might lie next to my disappointment of unmet expectations. Everything is there, running around on the heartway dodging collisions, and run-ins as best as they can. Some desires might mingle with others, while opposing ideas hang on the opposite sides of the road. For instance, my renewed heart in Christ desires to forgive everyone, but an evil desire might not feel up to it just quite yet, so the two avoid each other on the road. The forgiveness desire might smile at the unforgiving one, but he just smirks and carries on his way. Amazingly, all this goes on inside of every individual. A person’s body is just his shell housing the wars that are raging within. We mask them as best as we can to outsiders, ashamed of the things we deal within our hearts.  At times, evidence might slip through the crevices by way of tears, words, or body language, but the truth, the very bottom of our heart stays locked away inside away from others to see. We get by day to day believing that people are fooled, believing that people believe our shell. We think we have everything under control and we think that we have people see only what we want them to see.

But we have forgotten one very important thing: Jesus Christ sees everything in our hearts. He knows every desire, every dream, every disappointment, every fear, every sin. He knows what is there even when no one else does.  We cannot fool God. We can’t fool Him with our smiles, kind words, quick hugs, or brushed-off comments. We can’t fool God when we say things don’t bother us, we can’t fool Him when we say we don’t care about certain things anymore, for God knows everything that passes through our heart.

Acts 15:8, “And God, who knows the heart…”

1 Samuel 16:7B “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

1 Chronicles 28:9b “…for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought…”

Luke 16:15b “…but God knows your hearts…”

God knows what is in your heart. You cannot mask it before him. You might be able to fool other people with flattery, with laughter, with tears, with confidence, but God knows what truly lies inside of your heart.

I don’t know what your heart condition is. You might be suffering from a broken heart, a prideful heart, a lustful heart, a disappointed heart, a guilty heart, a fearful heart, an angry heart, a resentful heart, a regretful heart, a longing heart, or a hateful heart. Regardless of what lies in your heart right now there is only one cure. Thankfully it heals all wounds, and it is prescribed by the only One who really knows your heart:

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30

If you love God with your whole heart, God will take care of what is inside of it, but you must allow Him to do so. You must love Him with everything that you have. He already knows what is in there. It’s not like you are going to shock Him by dumping out the contents at His feet. Give God your heart and allow Him to work with it.

In Psalms, David asked God to give him a clean heart. He asked God to purge him, to cleanse him, to make him as white as snow. David knew that only through having a heart after God would he be successful and at peace.

Psalms 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

You cannot mask your heart from God; He knows what is going on inside of you. Give your heart to God, and allow Him to work for you and through you. Confess your evil desires, schemes, and plots. Give Him your heartaches, your disappointments, and fears. Look to Him for your desires, your dreams, your peace. Incline your heart towards Him, and allow Him to work His power within.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalms 37:4


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