When my granddaughter and I squashed Play-doh into a flat blob and cut out the shape of hearts, we left our fingerprints on each heart. We impressed our index and pinky fingers into the soft clay. These hearts were just like Haylee wanted them to be. She wanted different colors. She pushed her finger clear through some of them. But none were made without her leaving an imprint of some kind upon them.
“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men…He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” Psalm.33:13-15
Can you imagine? Millions and billions of people. And the Lord fashions each and every heart individually. Such care He takes with each of us. Such attention He pays to our needs. As He fashions us, He considers our works. He watches what we do with what He’s given us: our intelligence, personality, talents, and ability.
As God “fashions hearts individually”, He also leaves His fingerprint. None of us are formed without His knowledge or His input. I don’t know about you, but I constantly mess up and often seek that which is temporal instead of the eternal. Scripture tells us: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Sometimes I ask myself, What is within my heart? What do I desire? It’s really not bigger homes, finer cars, nicer clothes, or notoriety. I know that the desires in my heart must be in tune with the fingerprints which the Lord placed on my heart. Only He knows what I truly want. I only think I know what I want.
When the Lord who fashioned my heart looks down from Heaven what does He expect to see as He considers my works? It’s not how much I accumulate–it’s not how successful the world thinks I am. It’s not how much I’ve given to the church, nor how many committees I worked on. It’s how much the world sees Jesus in me. It’s how my actions reflect the love and mercy I’ve so freely received. It’s how many of my words bring Him glory and honor. It’s how intimately I know Him, and how often I yield myself to His Spirit.
PRAYER: Lord, help us fulfill the desires of Your heart. Help us go and tell. Let us walk humbly and live a life pleasing to You.