Are we satisfied with what just looks good or is in fact good?
God acts from the highest, purest motives.
God expects us to do the same.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good. | Proverbs 16:2 (The Message Bible)
Because the human heart is very deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), we can easily fool ourselves about our own motives. We can pretend that we are choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when in reality we have selfish reasons. God is not fooled by our selfishness and is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible has a lot to say about my motives. A motive is the underlying reason for any action. Proverbs 16:2 says,
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the MASTER.”