The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
The human heart is beyond a “cure” according to the Bible, it must be changed. When it comes to the spiritual condition of the human heart, the prophet Jeremiah is not optimistic (c.f. 13:23, 30:12).
The recent military trial of Army General Jeffrey Sinclair has once again exposed in public the incurable heart of humanity through the adulterous behavior and abuse of power carried out by this highly regarded military figure. In his defense, 24 of Sinclair’s colleagues and soldiers who had served with him or were under his command, came to testify about his good character.
I was especially struck by one of Sinclair’s character witnesses. He alluded to the story of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murderous cover-up that takes the life of her husband, Uriah. (2Samuel 11). He then went on to compare Sinclair to David, “I believe that General Sinclair is a man after God’s own heart. I believe he can be rehabilitated.” His opinion of his friend is that he is a kind of David, who is described in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22, 1Samuel 13:14).
I’m glad this soldier has friends but do not think it is really helpful or accurate to describe the disgraced general this way. This is the Bible’s comment on David in his youth and long before he commits his crimes, not in their aftermath! He was not always after God’s own heart, and the Lord’s message to David after he does these horrible things is very different: Now therefore the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, to be your own (2Samuel 12:10). Like all of us, David would need God’s generous grace to live with the consequences of his actions.
The general, his friend, and all of us, must realize that we deceive ourselves with talk of the human heart being cured or “rehabilitated.” It has to be “regenerated” – made new through faith in Jesus Christ (Titus 3:5, Ezek.18:31,36:26). In truth, there has only been One who was consistently a man after God’s own heart and He is God’s own Son. That is is my only hope, David’s only hope, your only hope, and that is the help the general and every human being needs. When we are troubled by our trouble,
stressed out by sin, weary of wickedness, and burdened by the bad, only Christ our Savior and Lord, can be the Cure.