God Examines More Than The Heart

God Examines More Than The Heart
God Examines More Than The Heart

Jeremiah 17:10 KJV “I the Lord search the heart, I TRY THE REINS, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

As I was studying this verse I looked up the meaning of the word, “REINS,” in the Strong’s Bible concordance. The concordance said it means kidney, and figuratively the mind. I asked myself, “This God examining the kidneys, could this have something to do with the mind literally? Or does this only have a figurative meaning?” Then something (or someone) said, “Do a quick Google search to see if the kidneys affects the mind.” And lo and behold I came across the below quote in ScienceDaily.com from an article titled: “Decreased Kidney Function Leads To Decreased Cognitive Functioning, Study Finds:”

“Decreased kidney function is associated with decreased cognitive functioning in areas such as global cognitive ability, abstract reasoning and verbal memory, according to a study led by Temple University. This is the first study describing change in multiple domains of cognitive functioning in order to determine which specific abilities are most affected in individuals with impaired renal [or kidney] function.”

Basically what they’re saying is their study proved that when your kidney function decreases so does your cognitive or mental abilities. So goes your kidneys so goes your mind in multiple areas. And they were trying to figure out which specific areas of the mind suffer the most. I also saw studies conducted by other professionals that confirmed this. Since it’s been proven that the brain and kidney work together this led me to conclude that when God says He tries even the Reins (or kidneys) of a person, He is not only saying that He examines the heart and the mind, He tries even the organ connected to the mind (the kidney) because He knows how it works. And He said He does this, “even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:10 KJV) Yes God our creator goes deep:

Hebrews‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭CEB‬‬ “Because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. No creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer.”

Jeremiah 17:10 is not just a metaphor. I’m learning there are many things God says that are not metaphors, God meant them literally. God is the only righteous judge. He created human beings. He made the heart, the kidneys, the mind, etcetera. He knows how it all works. Hence He and only He can perfectly evaluate every human being.

A SIDE EFFECTS NOTE

Learning what happens to the kidneys also affects the mind made me think about this: “How many medications are out there with side effects of decreased kidney function or kidney failure? Hmmmmm. Could this be another reason why so many are losing their minds?” 🤔

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