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The Searcher of Hearts

by on October 9, 2013

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

– Romans 8:27

“Have you seen my keys?”

Ah, those dreaded words as you’re preparing to head out the door, everything and everyone is already ready to go, but the keys have gone missing. So the search begins. At first just a general scan of the usual places: dresser, table, kitchen counter. Then digging through the coat pockets from yesterday. As things get more desperate, the couch cushions are lifted up, you’re looking under the usual places. “Did you lock them in the car?” “No, I checked twice.”

This imagery comes to mind when I think of Paul’s phrase, “the Searcher of Hearts,” to describe the Holy Spirit. The Spirit knows God’s will, and intimately knows the deepest desires and longings of our hearts. Paul says that when we pray, or when we don’t know how to pray the Spirit is searching our hearts, the corners and crevices and under the couch cushions, in order to connect our hearts to God’s.

In the verses prior to this one, Paul says this is done with “groans that words cannot express.” This is connected to the reality that all creation is groaning in longing for human redemption, and we too are groaning in longing for our ultimate redemption and freedom from the effects of sin in our world. God also longs for these things, and is working towards them, as the following verse states – God works for the good in all things.

What are your groanings this week? Pray and engage God’s heart with those matters.

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