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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We will have peace.

John 16:33:

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

In this verse, Jesus promises us that if we accept Him, we will have peace.

Even as we struggle through the terrible storms in our lives, we will have peace, an inner calm no matter the circumstances.

Others may persecute us, but we know that the Lord stays with us and will never leave us or betray us (Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).

We will always, always, have peace in the arms of Jesus. In the worst pain of our lives, spiritual or physical, if we keep on trusting in Jesus, we will have peace.

In the world you will have tribulation…”

All who believe in God have or will experience some form of harassment for simply claiming to be Christian. Jesus doesn’t excuse us from that, not at all. He says loud, plain and clear that yes, indeed, we will have tribulation. There’s no escaping it. Even if not many people have said badly of us for being Christian, Satan still tries us. Again and again, Satan tempts us and tells us we’re no good and puts little seeds of doubt in our minds that can get big, like a grain of sand in an oyster. Yes, we will have tribulation.

But with the promise of tribulation comes the knowledge that “I have overcome the world.”

No matter how hard it gets, no matter how many people harass us, Jesus has conquered sin. Jesus has conquered death. Jesus has conquered this world, and Jesus has the power to save each and every one of us.

So what do we do?

One way Jesus reaches the unsaved (and the saved) is through His people. Through the love of the saved and the bitterness of the unsaved, God has reached millions of lives through other lives.

As one saved, if we have faith, we can move mountains – don’t you think changing lives bit by bit would take the same amount of faith?

1 John 5:4: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

Oh, and another verse – this one for help with tribulation:

John 15:18: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

In other words, when we are hated because we love God, we can always know that God experiences the same thing. When people hate us, they don’t really hate us – they hate God. And you know what? That isn’t our loss.

That’s their loss.

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