2 Chronicles 6
Today’s thought is a simple one and uses these verses as a jumping-off place: "Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart), so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors." (vs 30-31)
This was something Solomon said during his dedicatory prayer to God at the opening of the temple. And I think it’s a very insightful glimpse into how God deals with us. First of all, He knows our hearts. He knows everything about us—even more than we know about ourselves. Second, He’s the only one who has this information. Nobody else knows the human heart except God.
And that’s why He’s in the unique position of being able to deal with us as individuals. Notice that the verse says deal with everyone according to all they do. Solomon didn’t pray that God would deal with all people equally—because all people aren’t equal! Instead, God deals with everyone according to what they do. He approaches each person as an individual, just as parents with five children approach each of their children as an individual when it comes to parenting.
We are all different people with different needs and different problems. And I’m so thankful that we serve a God who deals with us according to our individual circumstance. Because He knows us like nobody else can, He can help us like nobody else can.