BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
“…for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts…” I Chronicles 28:9
We are not mind readers. Unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us, we really don’t know what people are thinking. Therefore, we can’t make assumptions about people’s intentions. It is important for us to ask, “What did you mean when you said that?” There is great value in inquiring, “What were you thinking when you did that?”
After we ask the pointed questions, it is up to us to use the context clues of people’s body language and voice inflection to determine whether or not they are telling us the truth. Based on our limited discernment, we have the choice to accept or reject the answers that we have received. However, we still don’t really know for sure. We only know in part and our sight is limited based upon where we are in consciousness. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (I Corinthians 13:12).”
God is the ultimate judge and God judges righteously. God does so because God is omniscience. God is all the knowledge, wisdom, understanding and discernment that there is. God is all sight and all perception. There is no sight or perception outside of God. God knows what everyone is thinking and God knows the motive behind everyone’s actions (Jeremiah 11:20).
David said: “You understand my thoughts afar off (Psalm 139:2).” God knows what we are thinking, whether it’s right or wrong, before we think it. God also knows why we think what we think and why we do what we do. “God is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).”
Since God knows our thoughts, let’s pay attention to our thoughts and our intentions.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.