Read 1 Samuel 2:1-11
What a startling statement Hannah makes in verse 3: “For the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” You and I can weigh only material things, but God can weigh the spiritual. He sees whether our lives are made up of “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble” (1 Co 3:12). Certainly He weighs the motives behind our actions. Jesus told the Pharisees that they lost their reward because they lived for the praise of men. He weighed their actions and revealed their hypocrisy.
God is able to weigh the inner man. “The soul of the diligent shall be made fat,” promises Proverbs 13:4b. This suggests that the inner man, the “hidden man of the heart” (1 Pe 3:4), grows in response to our spiritual diet and exercise. “He that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat,” says Proverbs 28:25. Faith adds spiritual muscles to the inner man and helps us grow in the Lord.
How sensitive many people are when you talk about their weight—or lack of it! Are we just as sensitive when it comes to weighing the inner man? Is God going to say to us, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting” (Dan 5:27)?
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).