“…but she has a good heart.”

“…but he’s a good man.”

How many times have you heard this or said it yourself when talking about another person?

Does tacking on these qualifiers justify what precedes the statements?

  • What determines if our hearts are good?
    • Our actions?
    • Our motives?
  • Who determines if our hearts are good?
    • Our parents?
    • Our pastor?

Babies look innocent and seem to enter the world with a clean slate. I’ve even thought as a parent, if only I make all the right marks, I’ll do my part in keeping it clean. When I mess up, inevitably I feel like I’ve some how dirtied them up and that they’ll suffer for it.

Let’s take a peek at scripture’s next heart appearance:

The Hebrew word for said here is just as you would expect:

  • to say (amar)
  • Amar refers to the simple act of communicating with the spoken word

Abraham’s heart spoke.

As men go, I count Abraham as pretty “good.” After all, God appeared to him, talked with him, and made him a father of many nations.

In Genesis fifteen, God promised Abram his heir would come from his own bowels. In verse six, Abram believed in the Lord; and it was counted to him for righteousness.

But now, the scene before us is one with Abraham face down, laughing and questioning God.

From the heart of our God-fearing father Abraham, came questions. I asked a few in last week’s post and to those I’ll add a few more.

  • Did you expect Abraham’s heart to question God after what he’d already been told?
  • Did Abraham’s questions imply a lack of faith or was he simply asking God, is this physically possible? (refrain from visual images here)
  • Did Abraham’s slate get a little dirtied up by his questioning?
  • Was Abraham’s heart good?
  • Would a good heart ask such things?

David asks God to give him a clean heart in Psalm 51.

  • Does a clean heart need to be made clean?

Are our hearts good?


Remember what we learned from the very first week of this study about our hearts condition?

There are no hearts immune to sin’s pervading condition.

I’ve left you with a lot of questions. I hope you’ll think about them. Ponder them and ask God to reveal your own heart’s condition.

Let me know what you come up with. Fire back more questions and we’ll look at them together.

I look forward to hearing from you!

If you’ve missed any weeks in this series click here: week one, week two, week three, and week four)

We’ll wrap up our six-week heart study next week!


  1. Callie, our hearts just don’t seem to be able to measure up to God’s standard. But I also don’t think we are necessarily wrong to ask God questions. I guess in Abraham’s case we could say that God had already told him He was going to make him into a great nation, so he already knew God’s plan, but I probably would have laughed too, if at ninety some years old, God told me I was going to have a baby. Yikes! However, there are things I question God about that have to do with my faith in His work, for instance in my daughter’s life. When I feel like I might be going to far, I ask the Lord to help my unbelief, because I recognize unbelief as a road block to my relationship with Him. Just some of my thoughts. Have a good weekend. – Amy

    1. Hi Amy, they sure don’t do they? In ways, that takes a load off of our constant struggling to make them measure up. Only hidden in Christ do they merit acceptance. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I pray you find the answers you seek and in the meantime, may God give you grace and peace during this time of trial. He promised if we ask, it shall be given. If He said to ask, it must be fine to do so.