2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
People want to hear from God, but you often wonder what the motive is? Is it for that one thing that they want to do, or is it because they really care about what God has to say? We may feel that our motives for wanting to hear from God are clear (v2a), but God weighs our spirits (v2b). Some other versions of the Bible say in this verse that God weighs our motives and intentions.
Jeremiah 17:9 says that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Our hearts to do not only fool others, but can easily fool ourselves about our own motives. We can act like we are choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when we actually have selfish reasons. God cannot be fooled by our motives and intentions because the Bible says that He is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12b).
So you want to hear from God. Why? Do you want to be able to boast that you are a servant of God because you hear from Him? Is it to prove something to someone else? Is it to feed your prideful boasts? Is it to show off to someone else? Do you desperately need to hear from God? Is it because you love Him and want to fellowship with Him just because you love Him?
Homework: Examine your motives for wanting to hear from God. You just might have a fresh experience with Him if you cleanse your heart of cunning motives.