The desperately wicked heart…

Jeremiah 17:9

“The heart is deceitful above all things,

And desperately wicked;

Who can know it?”

Here is a harsh verse for you.  But it’s true.

It’s pretty self-explanatory.

Our hearts alone are awful.  Horrible.  “Desperately wicked.”

“Desperate” is a word we don’t much like to use.  It’s powerful.  A very powerful word; one that carries a lot of meaning.

When we say we’re desperate, we’re saying that we’re looking for happiness but we can’t find it.  Something’s missing; something vital.  And we are willing to do whatever it takes to find that missing piece within us.

Except, of course, face the truth.

Ever notice that?  People KILL themselves because they are desperate, and yet they refuse to accept God, the One who loves them more than anyone else.

“The heart is… desperately wicked.”

Desperate = willing to do a whole lot to fill the “God-shaped hole.”

Wicked = evil, twisted.

Then what does “desperately wicked” mean?

It means we’re desperate AND wicked.

It means we are desperate enough to do wicked things.

It means we are desperate BECAUSE we are wicked.

It means we have no God, in our natural sinful state.

It means we NEED God.

Like, we’re desperately in need of God.

“Who can know it?”

I don’t know why, exactly, Jeremiah put this question in there.  Maybe he put it there so we’d ask ourselves that question.  Maybe he put it in there because know human knows his own heart.  Maybe he put it in there to make us think of God.

Let’s face it.

We have no idea about our heart.  We don’t know it.

The overwhelming majority of our everyday actions are based on what?  Wanting to.  I want to eat this pizza.

But do we know why?  When asked a question, it’s unbelievable how often we say “I don’t know” in reply.  And why’s that?  Because we DON’T know.

We don’t know why we don’t know.  We just don’t.  We do things without a reason — and we don’t know why.

Okay.  We don’t know our heart.


John 2:23-25:

“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.

But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”

Jesus doesn’t need us to know our own hearts.  Jesus already knows our hearts.

When we don’t know, He knows.

When we are desperate, He is there to quench our thirst and yearning.

When we feel especially wicked, especially dirty, Jesus is there with ready hands and ready blood to wash us clean.

He knows everything there is to know about you.

About every. Single. Person.  He knows every.  Single.  Thing.


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