In Acts chapter 1, the disciples draw lots and ask God to reveal who is to replace Judas Iscariot (who betrayed Jesus). The writer of Acts says
Acts 1 v 24 You, Lord, who know the hearts of all
We do know this: – that God sees our heart. David in the Psalms says that God knows our innermost thoughts. David says God knows him from afar off. God knows the number of hairs on your head, and he knows every detail about your life. Nothing you do, or say or think is ever hidden from God.
If I think about that, it amazes me that God would still love me – I am so flawed, and let him down so often. My heart is not pure like He wants it to be. God wants me to walk in love daily, but often I fall far short.
But here is another thought. Do you know God? Do you know what God loves, do you know what God wants from you every day? You say but that must be impossible? No, the Bible tells us that we should know the will of God. God is not far away from us, He is closer than a brother. God speaks to us though His Word (The Bible) and He reveals His will for us by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us as a companion, friend and helper.
Many Christians struggle to understand and to know God’s will. But just like in any relationship, the better you get to know someone, the more you will know what choice they would make when given a choice in a situation. You get to kn ow their character, and our character determines our choices. People with good character are likely to make good choices, and be honest most of the time. Those with poor character are more likely to be comfortable to lie and mislead, to cheat and to steal.
So as you and I get to know who God is and what He is REALLY like, we can get an idea of what He is likely to want for us and from us. That is the secret of abiding in the vine. Know Him and you will want to please Him. But you will also know what His heart is like and that will give you a good clue to what His will is for your life.