In the book of Ezekiel, the servant of God prophesized of the heart of man being changed. God declared that he would give us a heart of flesh. During the walk of Jesus Christ, he specifically addressed the hearts of men. In layman’s terms, you can say he had a heart-to-heart with mankind.
Jesus Christ perceived the thoughts of our hearts. Nope that can't be right. How could our hearts have thoughts? Science told me my thoughts are associated with the mind. For the understanding, we go to the wisdom found in the book of Proverbs. God asks us to receive his words and hide his commandments. His word is like treasure and we should keep it hidden in the same way we would try to conceal anything we don’t want to be stolen.
How do we hide his treasure? By keeping it not in our memory but in our hearts. Once the word is in us, we become familiar with it. We are now in a position to incline our ear to the wisdom and understanding the Holy Spirt provides. Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve used the phrase “I heard this before”? If you have, it usually comes when someone else has added to your understanding by confirming the truth. This is what we know as wisdom entering our hearts.
The wisdom of God is not connected to the intellectual capability of the brain. This wisdom deals with the mind of the spirit. Our natural mind may change with varying data presented to us, but our hearts are set based on conviction. If the holy spirit is not convicting our hearts, then something else is running the show.
Look no further than King David and his son Solomon. David had the "heart" of God which allowed him to know of the goodness of God without the intellect of his son. King Solomon had the wisdom of God which allowed him to know the goodness of God without the heart his father had. In your own time, take a look at at what David says in Psalm 23 compared with what Solomon says in Proverbs 3:5-26. They sound like the same words expressed in different ways. They were both men of God with good intentions but both fell to sin.
Were they wrong? On the surface yes, but the word of God tells us we can look at their lives as a testimony and gain spiritual understanding. The heart of David combined with the wisdom of Solomon is the righteousness God desired. The heart and wisdom of the Father and the Son. The heart of God is filled with the wisdom of God. This wisdom is what brings forth our love.
I’ll be honest, growing up I never quite understood the hype around John 3:16. It felt like something we quoted it because it was the Christian thing to say. Ask me what it meant in my own words and I could not tell you anything more than what I heard a pastor say. Recently, something resonated in my spirit that made this verse take on a life of its own.
Jesus Christ is the heart of God.
For God so loved the world, he gave us his heart.
The heart of a man is the man.
Those who see the heart of God have seen God.
Blessed are those who see him in his word.