We all meet that person who will smile in your face and as soon as you turn your back, you discover a knife in it. In fact, friends of yours have warned you against this person, yet the trusting part in you seek excuses for him/her. But God provides a spirit of discernment within all of us, to notice the true face of the enemy. We find evidence of this spirit in Hebrews 5:14 (KJV), “but strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Yes, God gave us that little voice inside your head as an early warning system.
Sometimes God sends people along your way to forewarn you about what is about to happen. We find in Jeremiah 40 that Johanan warned Gedaliah (the governor of the people who was left behind), about Ishmael plans to kill him. Gedaliah did not believe this warning. It is in the 41st Chapter of Jeremiah that we find that this warning was not in vain. Gedaliah was killed, after breaking bread with Ishmael. Gedaliah looked into the face of the man who came as an friend, but had the intentions of an enemy. We get to see the true face of Ishmael in the following verses:
And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as he met them, he said unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him. Jeremiah 41:6-7 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.41.6-7.KJV
In this piece we also learn about two different kings. King Asa of Judah who the bible describes as his, “heart was perfect with the Lord all his days” (1 Kings 15:14, KJV). The other was Baasha king of Israel, who “did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith, he made Israel to sin” (1 Kings 15:26,KJV). You will note one thing in both these kings. God knows the heart of those who are good and evil. He also doesn’t let this evil go unpunished, as you can read for yourselves in 1 Kings 16. In Acts 15:8 (KJV) we learn, “And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us.” God has placed that spirit within us so that we can see through His eyes. So that we can stay in prayer and thanksgiving to Him, and glorify Him who saves us from the evil one’s traps.
Lord I pray today the words of 1 Kings 8:38-39 (KJV) for us all. “What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest: (for thou, even thou only knowest the hearts of all the children of men:).” #GodCanDoThis